from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The recipient of a gift.

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  • n. Someone who receives a gift from a donor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The person to whom a gift or donation is made.
  • n. Anciently, one to whom lands were given; in later use, one to whom lands and tenements are given in tail; in modern use, one on whom a power is conferred for execution; -- sometimes called the appointor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person to whom a gift or a donation is made.
  • n. Specifically, in law: One to whom a voluntary conveyance is made.
  • n. One to whom land is conveyed in fee tail.
  • n. An appointee; one to whom a power is given. See power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the recipient of funds or other benefits


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

don(or) + -ee1.


  • The benefit received from by the donee is claimed to be offset by the substantial amount of compensation provided to the donor, which is even more significant when Westerners pay in their funds.

    Unconscionable Organ Donations : Law is Cool

  • Argument No. 2: A gift of wine is inappropriate when the donee is a teetotaler.

    New Haven Advocate: News

  • "It focuses attention on the good work of the 'donee' instead of focusing attention on the gifts of the donor," said Dale, who previously headed the best-known charity that insisted on anonymity even from recipients -- the Atlantic Philanthropies. - Local News

  • Those "donee" states have their own senators and House members, of course, and likely would fight such legislation.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • Many states, including Texas, have been classified "donor states" because the current funding scheme sends a portion of their gas tax dollars to "donee" states.


  • 10 (1) A regulated donee shall — (a) prepare a report under this paragraph in respect of each controlled donation accepted by the donee which is a recordable donation; and

    Mrs. Follett's Folly?

  • "The India-U.S. relationship is no longer one of donor and donee," said a senior U.S. government official.

    India's growing wealth boosts charitable giving

  • Individuals giving more than $13,000 to a specific donee per year or married couples giving more than $26,000 to a specific donee must file a gift tax form to report the excess amount.

    Liz Mandarano: College Savings Plans Should Not Be Defined as Gifts

  • The female donee is, according to rumor, composing a lengthy and thoughtful letter that will serve to both express her gratitude and demonstrate her literary chops.

    I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Thank-You Note

  • There have been any number of documentaries about transplant surgery but none, so far as I can remember, that followed the organs from donor to donee.

    TV review: Mary Queen of Frocks; Transplant


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