-ee SUFFIX forming nouns: 1) denoting the person affected directly or indirectly by the action of a verb: employee. 2) denoting a person described as or concerned with: absentee. 3) denoting an object of relatively smaller size: bootee.
ORIGIN Old French ; some forms are anglicized modern French nouns (e.g. refugee from réfugié).

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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