a person or company to whom a franchise is granted.

1960–65; franchise + -ee Unabridged
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franchise (ˈfræntʃaɪz)
1.  the franchise the right to vote, esp for representatives in a legislative body; suffrage
2.  any exemption, privilege, or right granted to an individual or group by a public authority, such as the right to use public property for a business
3.  commerce authorization granted by a manufacturing enterprise to a distributor to market the manufacturer's products
4.  the full rights of citizenship
5.  films a film that is or has the potential to be part of a series and lends itself to merchandising
6.  (in marine insurance) a sum or percentage stated in a policy, below which the insurer disclaims all liability
7.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) commerce to grant (a person, firm, etc) a franchise
8.  an obsolete word for enfranchise
[C13: from Old French, from franchir to set free, from franc free; see frank]

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Example sentences
Franchising involves two parties, the franchiser and the franchisee.
Do not give any franchise rights to countries that do not have a resident
But, one franchisee said, it may not be a permanent fixture on the menu.
Rumor had it the franchisee folded due to overexpansion.
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