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  1. a person, group, etc., to whom a lease is granted.
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Origin of lessee

1485–95; < Anglo-French. See lease1, -ee
Related formsles·see·ship, nounun·der·les·see, noun
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Related Words

renter, tenant

Examples from the Web for lessee

Historical Examples

  • The two detectives watched the lessee narrowly as that question was put.

    The Chestermarke Instinct

    J. S. Fletcher

  • I was really manager most of the time, and lessee of the theatre.


    Bret Harte

  • Gray-coat parson, a lay impropriator, or lessee of great tithes.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • The lady is either the owner or the lessee of the Urania Theater.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

  • This was the opinion in the famous case of Martin vs. Hunter's Lessee.

British Dictionary definitions for lessee


  1. a person to whom a lease is granted; a tenant under a lease
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Derived Formslesseeship, noun

Word Origin

C15: via Anglo-French from Old French lessé, from lesser to lease 1
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Word Origin and History for lessee


"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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