Definition of -ee in English:

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-ee

Pronunciation:

suffix

Forming nouns:
1Denoting the person affected directly or indirectly by the action of the formative verb: employee lessee
2Denoting a person described as or concerned with: absentee patentee
3Denoting an object of relatively smaller size: goatee

Origin

From Anglo-Norman French , from Latin -atus (past participial ending). Some forms are anglicized modern French nouns (e.g., refugee from réfugié).

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Syllabification: -ee

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