- a person, group, etc., to whom a lease is granted.
Origin of lessee
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Examples from the Web for lessees
In 1649 the arrears of the lessees having reached the sum of £974 5s.
The excuse of the lessees for their failure to pay was the "restraint from playing."
After the Fortune was thus closed, the lessees were in a predicament.
We are selling on liberal terms to the lessees or their representatives.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1
Samuel J. Tilden
Its present lessees and managers are Messrs. Frock and Mitchell.The Old Pike
Thomas B. Searight
- a person to whom a lease is granted; a tenant under a lease
C15: via Anglo-French from Old French lessé, from lesser to lease 1
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Word Origin and History for lessees
"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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