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


Nearby words

  1. lesotho,
  2. lespedeza,
  3. lesquerella,
  4. less,
  5. less than,
  6. lessen,
  7. lesseps,
  8. lesser,
  9. lesser antilles,
  10. lesser ape

Origin of lessee

1485–95; < Anglo-French. See lease1, -ee

Related formsles·see·ship, nounun·der·les·see, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lessees



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 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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