- A person who is absent from his or her employment, school, post, duty, etc.
- (context, especially, UK, historical) A landholder who lives in another district or country than the one in which his estate is situated.
Etymology: (suffix, absent, ee)
- 1840, w:George_Byron,_6th_Baron_Byron, Lord Byron, "Letter 374: to Mr. Moore (24 May 1820)," in The Works of Lord Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life, John Murray (London), p. 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 !
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