Addressee vs. Sender - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Addressee and Sender is that the Addressee is a form of interactive communication between or among people and Sender is a circuit in a 20th-century electromechanical telephone exchange.


  • Addressee

    Conversation is interactive communication between two or more people. The development of conversational skills and etiquette is an important part of socialization. The development of conversational skills in a new language is a frequent focus of language teaching and learning. Conversation analysis is a branch of sociology which studies the structure and organization of human interaction, with a more specific focus on conversational interaction.

  • Sender

    A sender was a special type of circuit in 20th-century electromechanical telephone exchanges which registered the telephone numbers dialed by the subscriber, and then transmitted that information to another exchange. In some American exchange designs, for example, the No. 1 Crossbar switch there were both originating senders and terminating senders. The corresponding device in the British director telephone system was called a "director" and, in other contexts, "register".


  • Addressee (noun)

    The person or organization to which something, such as a letter or message, is addressed or sent, for whom the item is intended.

  • Sender (noun)

    Someone who sends.

    "The package was addressed to someone we didn't know, so we returned it to the sender."

  • Sender (noun)

    A device or component that transmits, as in telegraphy or computer networks.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Sender (noun)

    a person who sends or transmits a message, letter, email, etc.

    "senders of unwanted emails"

    "evidence submitted late will be returned to the sender"

Webster Dictionary

  • Addressee (noun)

    One to whom anything is addressed.

  • Sender (noun)

    One who sends.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Addressee (noun)

    one to whom something is addressed

  • Sender (noun)

    someone who transmits a message;

    "return to sender"

  • Sender (noun)

    set used to broadcast radio or tv signals



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