- plural of lee2.
- protective shelter: The lee of the rock gave us some protection against the storm.
- the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind: We erected our huts under the lee of the mountain.
- Chiefly Nautical. the quarter or region toward which the wind blows.
- pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the lee.
- by the lee, Nautical. accidentally against what should be the lee side of a sail: Careless steering brought the wind by the lee.
- under the lee, Nautical. to leeward.
Origin of lee1
- Usually lees. the insoluble matter that settles from a liquid, especially from wine; sediment; dregs.
Origin of lee2
- Ann,1736–84, British mystic: founder of Shaker sect in U.S.
- Charles,1731–82, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
- Doris Em·rick [em-rik] /ˈɛm rɪk/, 1905–1986, U.S. painter.
- Fitz·hugh [fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo; fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo] /ˈfɪtsˌhyu or, often, -ˌyu; fɪtsˈhyu or, often, -ˈyu/, 1835–1905, U.S. general and statesman (grandson of Henry Lee; nephew of Robert E. Lee).
- Francis Light·foot [lahyt-foo t] /ˈlaɪtˌfʊt/, 1734–97, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Richard H. Lee).
- Gypsy RoseRose Louise Hovick, 1914–70, U.S. entertainer.
- Harper,born 1926, U.S. novelist.
- HenryLight-Horse Harry, 1756–1818, American Revolutionary general (father of Robert E. Lee).
- Kuan Yew [kwahn yoo] /kwɑn yu/, 1923–2015, Singapore political leader: prime minister 1959–90.
- Man·fred Bennington [man-frid] /ˈmæn frɪd/, Ellery Queen, 1905–71, U.S. mystery writer, in collaboration with Frederic Dannay.
- Richard Henry,1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Francis L. Lee).
- Robert E(dward),1807–70, U.S. soldier and educator: Confederate general in the American Civil War (son of Henry Lee).
- Sir Sidney,1859–1926, English biographer and critic.
- SpikeShelton Jackson Lee, born 1957, U.S. film director, screenwriter, and actor.
- Tsung-Dao [dzoo ng-dou] /ˈdzʊŋˈdaʊ/, born 1926, Chinese physicist in the U.S.: Nobel Prize 1957.
- a town in W Massachusetts: resort.
- a male or female given name.
Examples from the Web for lees
Contemporary Examples of lees
The Lees were the 1st Black Family to move into the predominantly Italian-American Brooklyn Neighborhood of Cobble Hill.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
March 31, 2014
She sent at once for Lees and a séance was held in the Palace.
The voice phenomenon produced by Lees was instantly recognisable as that of the late Consort.
Lees refused the offer, apparently on the advice of his spirit guides, but did not leave the Queen without solace.
So, when she had their report, was the Queen, but before she could take action, she received a letter from the schoolboy Lees.
Historical Examples of lees
What work would they make with your Shakespears, Otways, and Lees?Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
She had tasted the lees of this on her arrival; in the darkness, after failure, they intoxicated her.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The lees of twenty ducats shabby in his fist told her how near the peril was.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
To her service he had dedicated the lees of his life and the ripeness of his knowledge.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
If the wine boil over, put to it the lees of red wine, and that will cure it.
- the sediment from an alcoholic drink
Word Origin for lees
- a river in SW Republic of Ireland, flowing east into Cork Harbour. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)
- Ang (æŋ). born 1954, Taiwanese film director; his films include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and Life of Pi (2012)
- Bruce, original name Lee Yuen Kam . 1940–73, US film actor and kung fu expert who starred in such films as Enter the Dragon (1973)
- Gypsy Rose, original name Rose Louise Hovick . 1914–70, US striptease and burlesque artiste, who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies (1936) and in films
- Laurie (ˈlɒrɪ). 1914–97, British poet and writer, best known for the autobiographical Cider with Rosie (1959)
- Richard Henry. 1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman, who moved the resolution in favour of American independence (1776)
- Robert E (dward). 1807–70, American general; commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies in the Civil War
- Spike, real name Shelton Jackson Lee. born 1957, US film director: his films include She's Gotta Have It (1985), Malcolm X (1992), and the documentary When the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2008)
- T (sung) -D (ao) (tsuːŋ daʊ). born 1926, US physicist, born in China. With Yang he disproved the principle that that parity is always conserved and shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1957
- a sheltered part or side; the side away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
- by the lee nautical so that the wind is blowing on the wrong side of the sail
- under the lee nautical towards the lee
- (prenominal) nautical on, at, or towards the side or part away from the windon a lee shore Compare weather (def. 5)
Word Origin for lee
late 14c., from Old French lies, plural of lie "sediment," probably from Celtic (cf. Old Irish lige "a bed, a lying"), from PIE root *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).
Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (cf. Old Norse hle, Danish læ, Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). No known cognates outside Germanic; original sense uncertain and might have been "warm" (cf. German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), which might link it to PIE *kele- (1) "warm." As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun.