- a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow.
- land used for a few years for pasture or for growing hay, then plowed over and replaced by another crop.
- a crop of hay on tillable land.
- untilled; fallow.
Origin of lea1
- a measure of yarn of varying quantity, for wool usually 80 yards (73 meters), cotton and silk 120 yards (110 meters), linen 300 yards (274 meters).
- a unit length used to ascertain the linear density of yarns.
- a count or number representing units of linear measure per pound in linen or cotton yarn: a 20-lea yarn.
Origin of lea2
Examples from the Web for lea
Glee actress Lea Michele was seemingly dissed by Jessica Lange on the red carpet.
And so the problem seems to be that Lea Michele and Anne Hathaway are too good.
Reportedly, he wants to star Lea Michele in a production based on another ex-Streisand vehicle, Funny Girl.‘The Normal Heart’ and Hope in the Battlefield of AIDS
May 24, 2014
Actresses, mainly: Julianne Hough, Katharine McPhee, Lea Michele.How 'Billy on the Street' Star Billy Eichner Turned Screaming at Strangers Into Comedy Gold
March 12, 2014
She talks to Lea Carpenter about why fiction can tell this story so powerfully.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
February 10, 2014
I went to Cincinnati, where I found orders to wait for Mr. Lea.
Mr. Lea thought it might be worth some expense to investigate this Tennessee oil.
But at last Mr. Lea came with a party of ladies and gentlemen.
Hast thou heard the thrush, full-throated, call his mate across the lea?Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
The head went flying over the lea, but it had no more words to speak.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
- poetic a meadow or field
- land that has been sown with grass seed
- a unit for measuring lengths of yarn, usually taken as 80 yards for wool, 120 yards for cotton and silk, and 300 yards for linen
- a measure of yarn expressed as the length per unit weight, usually the number of leas per pound
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Word Origin and History for lea
Old English leah "open field, meadow, piece of untilled ground," earlier læch, recorded in place names, from Proto-Germanic *laukhaz (cf. Old High German loh "cluster of bushes," and probably also Flemish -loo, which forms the second element in Waterloo), from PIE *louquo- (cf. Sanskrit lokah "open space," Latin lucus "grove," Lithuanian laukas "open field"), perhaps from or related to *leuk- "to shine, be bright" (see light (n.)).