Definition of returnee in US English:

returnee

noun

  • 1A person who returns to a place, especially after a prolonged absence.

    ‘a city hostile to outsiders or returnees’
    1. 1.1 A refugee returning from abroad.
      • ‘Eighteen of the thirty-seven returnees mentioned in this article were among the 308 individuals proscribed by the Banishment Act of 1778, which forbade them forever from returning to Massachusetts.’
      • ‘Other returnees moved comfortably into Massachusetts society, because they had the needed skills or capital.’
      • ‘A returnee who is not in possession of valid Turkish travel documents is likely to be kept in custody for an in-depth interrogation (which is to be distinguished from the routine identity check on arrival).’
      • ‘Most left last year after U.N. officials started repatriating returnees driven out during the war.’
      • ‘Their admiration for Washington did not lead returnees to participate actively in politics, but some did participate in the performance and creation of a new political culture.’
      • ‘At the centre the returnees are provided with accommodation, food, and medical assistance.’
      • ‘These changes have been intensified by the influx of returnees to the region, many of whom, lacking access to livestock, have turned to farming as their only option.’
      • ‘David Edward Maas concluded ‘since 86.6 percent of the real estate had never been legally confiscated, most returnees could quietly recover their lands.’’
      • ‘It was crucial for these people to return to their lands before the beginning of the rains but the resettlement came too late for the returnees.’
      • ‘These inquiries can take from several hours up to several days, during which time the returnee will be kept in custody.’
      • ‘These refugees and returnees settled either in their home villages or in refugee camps.’
      • ‘In Boston returnees were thought to dominate the Boston Tea Assembly, a group that met every other week for dancing and card playing.’
      • ‘Rather, the Massachusetts returnees were young (in 1776 their average age was 31), native born and emotionally attached to their country.’
      • ‘The bad financial situation of William Clark and Samuel Curwen were exceptions for most returnees were wealthy.’
      displaced person, dp, escapee, fugitive, asylum seeker, runaway, exile, émigré, stateless person, outcast
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    2. 1.2 A member of the armed forces returning from overseas duty.
      • ‘A common denominator for many returnees is the experience of having sustained anticipatory anxiety about potential threats to life and limb at any hour of the day and at any place within the theater of operations.’
      • ‘I've never noticed a list of returnees on any memorial elsewhere.’
      • ‘Military returnees face several psychological challenges, including the shift away from an adaptive, continuous, combat-ready, hypervigilant state.’

Pronunciation

returnee

/rəˌtərˈni//rəˌtərˈnē/