a person, group, etc., to whom a lease is granted.

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 for lessee

renter, tenant

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British Dictionary definitions for lessee



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

Word Origin for lessee

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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