What does the word recipient mean?

Usage examples for recipient

  1. He had been so long a mere recipient of good offices,- had so long felt himself the object towards which pity and service must tend,- that he had nearly lost the relish for good deeds. – After a Shadow, and Other Stories by T. S. Arthur
  2. At the beginning of the new winter season, Ivan passed through an experience deeply dreaded, and found himself the recipient of a happiness greater than he had dreamed possible. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  3. What I don't understand is how you should have been made the recipient of the story. – The Deserter by Charles King