lea

1
[ lee, ley ]
/ li, leɪ /

noun

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.

adjective

untilled; fallow.
Also ley.

Origin of lea

1
before 900; Middle English lege, lei, Old English lēah; cognate with Old High German lōh, dialectal Dutch loo (as in Waterloo), Latin lūcus

Definition for lea (2 of 4)

lea

2
[ lee ]
/ li /

noun

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).
Textiles.
  1. a unit length used to ascertain the linear density of yarns.
  2. a count or number representing units of linear measure per pound in linen or cotton yarn: a 20-lea yarn.

Origin of lea

2
1350–1400; perhaps back formation from Middle English lese, variant of leash

Definition for lea (3 of 4)

Lea

[ lee for 1; lee-uh for 2 ]
/ li for 1; ˈli ə for 2 /

noun

Homer,1876–1912, U.S. soldier and author: adviser 1911–12 to Sun Yat-sen in China.
a female given name, form of Leah or Lee.

Definition for lea (4 of 4)

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British Dictionary definitions for lea (1 of 3)

lea

1
/ (liː) /

noun

poetic a meadow or field
land that has been sown with grass seed

Word Origin for lea

Old English lēah; related to German dialect loh thicket

British Dictionary definitions for lea (2 of 3)

lea

2
/ (liː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for lea

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for lea (3 of 3)

LEA


abbreviation for (in Britain)

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Word Origin and History for lea

lea


n.

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.)).

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