[ lee, ley ]
/ li, leɪ /


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.
Also ley.

Origin of lea

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)

[ lee ]
/ li /


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).
  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

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

Definition for lea (3 of 4)

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


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)

/ (liː) /


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)

/ (liː) /


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)


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