[ truh-stee ]
/ trʌˈsti /


a person, usually one of a body of persons, appointed to administer the affairs of a company, institution, etc.
a person who holds the title to property for the benefit of another.
(in New England) a garnishee.
a trusty.

verb (used with object), trust·eed, trust·ee·ing.

to place in the hands of a trustee or trustees.
(in New England) to garnish.

Nearby words

  1. trust fund,
  2. trust hotel,
  3. trust territory,
  4. trustafarian,
  5. trustbuster,
  6. trustee in bankruptcy,
  7. trustee investment,
  8. trustee process,
  9. trusteeship,
  10. trustful

Origin of trustee

First recorded in 1640–50; trust + -ee

Can be confusedexecutor trustee trustytrustee trusty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trustee


/ (trʌˈstiː) /


a person to whom the legal title to property is entrusted to hold or use for another's benefit
a member of a board that manages the affairs and administers the funds of an institution or organization
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Word Origin and History for trustee



"person who is responsible for the property of another," 1640s, from trust (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper