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[ad-re-see, uh-dre-see] /ˌæd rɛˈsi, ə drɛˈsi/
the person, company, or the like to whom a piece of mail is addressed.
1670-80, Americanism; address + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for addressee
  • The firm then turns around and sends a request to the addressee to get the delivery details.
  • In the central panel a family party of three generations toasts the health of the addressee.
  • We propose that employees deliver these shipments without first attempting to obtain a signature from the addressee.
  • The sender's failure to complete the form properly can delay delivery of the item or inconvenience the sender and addressee.
  • If delivery is not made, the addressee is notified, and a reminder notice is also left on the third day.
  • Personal information is any information specific to the addressee.
  • Firearms require the addressee has police permission.
  • To facilitate delivery, mailers should include the telephone number of the addressee on the address label.
  • Please do not read, copy, or disseminate it unless you are the addressee.
  • Generally, the name of the addressee should be included above the address itself.
British Dictionary definitions for addressee


a person or organization to whom a letter, parcel, etc, is addressed
a person who is addressed in conversation, a speech, a poem, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for addressee

1810; see address (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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addressee in Technology

One to whom something is addressed. E.g. "The To, CC, and BCC headers list the addressees of the e-mail message". Normally an addressee will eventually be a recipient, unless there is a failure at some point (an e-mail "bounces") or the message is redirected to a different addressee.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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