Definition of presentee in US English:



  • A person nominated or recommended for an office or position, especially a church benefice.

    ‘there were too many royal presentees for efficient records to be kept’
    • ‘After the bishop or his commissary has instituted the presentee, he issues a mandate under seal, addressed to the archdeacon or some other neighbouring clergyman, authorizing him to induct the clerk into his benefice.’
    • ‘But although he made a favourable impression on them, the presentee did not benefit by it.’
    • ‘Eager to show itself worthy of the status it enjoyed, and to obtain popular support, the church in 1834 passed a law of its own, ordaining that thenceforth no presentee to a parish church should be admitted if he was objected to by a majority of the male communicants of the congregation.’


Late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, literally ‘presented’, from the verb presenter (see present).