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absentee (plural absentees)
- A person who is absent from his or her employment, school, post, duty, etc. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (chiefly Britain, 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.]
1840, Lord Byron, “Letter 374: to Mr. Moore (24 May 1820)”, in John Murray, editor, The Works of Lord Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life, 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!
- One that is nonexistent or lacking.
- A voter that is not present at the time of voting; absentee voter. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
person who is absent
landholder who doesn't live where his estate is
one that is nonexistent or lacking
voter that is not present at the time of voting — see absentee voter
absentee (not comparable)
pertaining to one who is absent
- “absentee” in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
- absentee in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “absentee” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
- “absentee” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 8.