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Definition lee

Etymology 1

From Middle English lee, from Old English hlēo, hlēow (“shelter, protection”), from Proto-Germanic *hlewą (compare German Lee (“lee”), lau (“lukewarm”), Swedish , Danish , Norwegian le, Old Norse hlé, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelh₁- (compare Welsh clyd (“warm, cozy”), Latin calēre (“to warm up”), Lithuanian šiltas (“warm, pleasant”), Sanskrit शरद् (śarad, “autumn”)).


lee (plural lees)

  1. (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  2. (sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.
  3. A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind (see also leeside); shelter; protection.

lee (not comparable)

  1. (sailing, geology) Facing away from the flow of a fluid, usually air.

Etymology 2


lee (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Lees; dregs.

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