a person to whom property is mortgaged.

Origin of mortgagee

First recorded in 1575–85; mortgage + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mortgagee

owner, landlord, mortgagee, homeowner

Examples from the Web for mortgagee

Historical Examples of mortgagee

  • And then fixing his eyes steadily on him, he said, "You are a mortgagee."

  • Why, you do not mean to say that our gracious sovereign is a money-lender and mortgagee?

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • The first mortgagee is entitled to be paid in full first, then the second, and so on.

  • The mortgagee may use his mortgage as security for loans or he may assign it as he pleases.

  • It is usual for the mortgagor to insure the property for the benefit of the mortgagee.

British Dictionary definitions for mortgagee


noun law

the party to a mortgage who makes the loan
a person who holds mortgaged property as security for repayment of a loan
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Word Origin and History for mortgagee

1580s, from mortgage (v.) + -ee.

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