- a person, group, etc., to whom a lease is granted.
Origin of lessee
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Examples from the Web for lessees
The excuse of the lessees for their failure to pay was the "restraint from playing."
After the Fortune was thus closed, the lessees were in a predicament.
In 1649 the arrears of the lessees having reached the sum of £974 5s.
We are selling on liberal terms to the lessees or their representatives.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1
Samuel J. Tilden
Its present lessees and managers are Messrs. Frock and Mitchell.The Old Pike
Thomas B. Searight
- a person to whom a lease is granted; a tenant under a lease
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).
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