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  1. a person to whom a check, money, etc., is payable.
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Origin of payee

First recorded in 1750–60; pay1 + -ee
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Historical Examples

  • If the remitter or payee be a Peer or a Bishop, his ordinary title is sufficient.

    Canadian Postal Guide


  • Not the association of bankruptcy—no; as you represent the payee!

    The Outcry

    Henry James

  • The date was filled in, and the name of her son as the payee.

    The Scarlet Feather

    Houghton Townley

  • He say he knock hellee outee me allee time I come for payee.

  • That is, he writes his name thereon, before the payee indorses it.

British Dictionary definitions for payee


  1. the person to whom a cheque, money order, etc, is made out
  2. a person to whom money is paid or due
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Word Origin and History for payee


1758, from pay (v.) + -ee.

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