Definition of trustee in English:



  • 1Law
    An individual person or member of a board given control or powers of administration of property in trust with a legal obligation to administer it solely for the purposes specified.

    ‘pension fund trustees’
    • ‘The wife remained dependent on the trustees and could not control the property herself.’
    • ‘This is certain to give the new board of trustees a legal edge over its competitors.’
    • ‘All three schemes were regulated by trust deeds or rules which conferred on the trustees wide powers of investment.’
    • ‘Lawyers and trustees have statutory and other legal obligations but are still fiduciaries.’
    • ‘She later won a legal settlement against the trustee board for breach of contract.’
    administrator, agent
    custodian, keeper, steward, depositary
    executor, executrix
    fiduciary, feoffee
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  • 2A state made responsible for the government of an area by the United Nations.

    • ‘Cameroon was originally a UN Trustee Territory administered by France and the UK prior to its independence in 1960.’
    • ‘They inherited Papua from Britain in 1906 and took New Guinea from Germany in World War I, administering it in recent years as a U.N. trustee.’