One, such as a child, that is or has been adopted.
- An adopted son or daughter. A foster child.
- A person who was adopted as a child.
- An adult Chinese female adoptee has found her biological parents.
Learned borrowing from French adoptée, feminine past participle of adopter meaning "to adopt"
Variant of adopt
- to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one's own family by legal process and raise as one's own child
- to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own
- to choose and follow (a course)
- to vote to accept (a committee report, motion, etc.)
- to select as a required textbook
Origin of adoptClassical Latin adoptare ; from ad-, to + optare, to choose