follow Dictionary.com

What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?

detainee

[dih-tey-nee, dee-tey-nee] /dɪˈteɪ ni, ˌdi teɪˈni/
noun
1.
a person held in custody, especially for a political offense or for questioning.
Origin of detainee
1925-1930
1925-30; detain + -ee
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for detainee
Word Origin and History for detainee
n.

1928, from detain + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for detainee

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for detainee

9
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with detainee