lean-to

noun
\ ˈlēn-ˌtü How to pronounce lean-to (audio) \
plural lean-tos\ ˈlēn-​ˌtüz How to pronounce lean-to (audio) \

Definition of lean-to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wing or extension of a building having a lean-to roof
2 : a rough shed or shelter with a lean-to roof

lean-to

adjective

Definition of lean-to (Entry 2 of 2)

: having only one slope or pitch a lean-to roof — see roof illustration

First Known Use of lean-to

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined above

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“Lean-to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lean-to. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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lean-to

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of lean-to

: a small and usually roughly made building that is built on the side of a larger building

lean-to

noun
\ ˈlēn-ˌtü \
plural lean-tos

Kids Definition of lean-to

1 : a building that has a roof with only one slope and is usually joined to another building
2 : a rough shelter that has a roof with only one slope and is held up by posts, rocks, or trees

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