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  1. a person, group, etc., to whom a lease is granted.

Origin of lessee

1485–95; < Anglo-French. See lease1, -ee
Related formsles·see·ship, nounun·der·les·see, noun
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Examples from the Web for lessees

Historical Examples

  • The excuse of the lessees for their failure to pay was the "restraint from playing."

    Shakespearean Playhouses</p>

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • After the Fortune was thus closed, the lessees were in a predicament.

    Shakespearean Playhouses</p>

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • In 1649 the arrears of the lessees having reached the sum of £974 5s.

    Shakespearean Playhouses</p>

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • We are selling on liberal terms to the lessees or their representatives.

  • Its present lessees and managers are Messrs. Frock and Mitchell.

    The Old Pike

    Thomas B. Searight

British Dictionary definitions for lessees


  1. a person to whom a lease is granted; a tenant under a lease
Derived Formslesseeship, noun

Word Origin

C15: via Anglo-French from Old French lessé, from lesser to lease 1
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Word Origin and History for lessees



"one to whom a lease is given," late 15c., from Anglo-French lesee, Old French lessé, past participle of lesser (Modern French laisser) "to let, leave" (see lease).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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