Definition of absentee in English:

absentee

noun

  • A person who is expected or required to be present at a place or event but is not:

    ‘an absentee from the match’
    [as modifier] ‘absentee pupils’
    • ‘The vote was 96-2, and the two absentees regrettably were Kerry and Edwards.’
    • ‘Many were absentees living comfortably in the south.’
    • ‘He placed absentees under suspension with immediate effect pending inquiry.’
    • ‘The national target was a 10 per cent drop in the levels of absentees.’
    • ‘Asked yesterday why 38 of the party's 163 MPs were not present, Mrs May said the absentees all had ‘good reasons’.’
    • ‘There were not high numbers of absentees at the school but the bugs seemed to be striking the same people, especially staff, she said.’
    • ‘One defeat in eight matches isn't bad for a side whose list of absentees is even longer than Newcastle's.’
    • ‘She received her usual score or more of cards from relatives and friends, and there were the usual absentees - their cards would arrive a day or two later.’
    • ‘He believes that most of the absentees were excused.’
    • ‘Under the new contracts for teachers, they will be entitled to time away from pupils while support staff take on tasks such as collecting dinner money and chasing absentees.’
    • ‘The final score denied Carlow a win they deserved, but given their absentees, they should be very pleased with their second half performance.’
    • ‘If teachers spent much time chasing absentees, it would be at the expense of those pupils who have turned up for lessons.’
    • ‘Despite the absentees, Easingwold won by 62 runs.’
    • ‘But those players aren't guaranteed to keep their places as no less then seven absentees from Monday's derby at Victory Park are set to return.’
    • ‘The absentees included Laurence and John Hurney, Derek Hayes, John Foley, John Phelan, and Colin Keane.’
    • ‘A biting wind and swirling snow kept attendance low and meant that the absentees missed an evening of sparkling music from the Duke Ellington Orchestra.’
    • ‘Support of the majority of all MEPs is required to make changes, including absentees.’
    • ‘Of that team, there may be some notable absentees for the England match.’
    • ‘There are notable absentees from other cities, too.’
    • ‘There were also four Conservative absentees and one Labour.’

Pronunciation:

absentee

/ˌabs(ə)nˈtiː/