[ri-tur-nee, -tur-nee]


a person who has returned, as from travels or a long absence.
a person returning from overseas duty in the armed forces.

Origin of returnee

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; return + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for returnee

penitent, prodigal, magdalen

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British Dictionary definitions for returnee



mainly US and Canadian a person who returns to his native country, esp after war service
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