a proportional shoe width size narrower than EEE and wider than E.


errors excepted.


Early English.
electrical engineer.
electrical engineering.


a suffix forming from transitive verbs nouns which denote a person who is the object or beneficiary of the act specified by the verb (addressee; employee; grantee); recent formations now also mark the performer of an act, with the base being an intransitive verb (escapee; returnee; standee) or, less frequently, a transitive verb (attendee) or another part of speech (absentee; refugee).

Origin of -ee

< French -é, (masculine), -ée (feminine), past participle endings < Latin -ātus, -āta -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ee

British Dictionary definitions for ee


/ () /

noun plural een (iːn)

a Scot word for eye 1

the internet domain name for



abbreviation for

Early English
electrical engineer(ing)
(in New Zealand) ewe equivalent


abbreviation for

errors excepted


suffix forming nouns

indicating a person who is the recipient of an action (as opposed, esp in legal terminology, to the agent, indicated by -or or -er)assignee; grantee; lessee
indicating a person in a specified state or conditionabsentee; employee
indicating a diminutive form of somethingbootee

Word Origin for -ee

via Old French -e, -ee, past participial endings, from Latin -ātus, -āta -ate 1

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ee


word-forming element in legal English (and in imitation of it), representing the Anglo-French ending of pps. used as nouns. As these sometimes were coupled with agent nouns in -or, the two suffixes came to be used as a pair to denote the initiator and the recipient of an action.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper