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The party who appeals a lower court's decision in a higher court.  The appellant seeks reversal or modification of the decision. By contrast, the appellee is the party against whom the appeal is filed.

Suppose P sues D, and wins.  D files an appeal.  D is the appellant, and P is the appellee.  If D wins the appeal, and P appeals, the roles are reversed.  P becomes the appellant and D is the appellee.

See Appellate Procedure.