absentee

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Etymology[edit]

absent +‎ -ee

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Noun[edit]

absentee (plural absentees)

  1. A person who is absent from his or her employment, school, post, duty, etc. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
  2. (chiefly UK, historical) A landholder who lives in another district or country than the one in which his estate is situated. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
    • 1840, Lord Byron, "Letter 374: to Mr. Moore (24 May 1820)," in The Works of Lord Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life, John Murray (London), page 317:
      My trustees are going to lend Earl Blessington sixty thousand pounds (at six per cent.) on a Dublin mortgage. Only think of my becoming an Irish absentee!
  3. One that is nonexistent or lacking.
  4. A voter that is not present at the time of voting; absentee voter. [First attested in the early 20th century.][1]

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absentee (not comparable)

  1. (attributive) Pertaining to one that is absent. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8