\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Definition of leash

1a : a line for leading or restraining an animal
b : something that restrains : the state of being restrained keeping spending on a tight leash
2a : a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)
b : a set of three

Other Words from leash

leash transitive verb

Examples of leash in a Sentence

put a dog on a leash Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.
Recent Examples on the Web For meals and drinks on the go, opt for one with a carabiner to clip onto your dog’s leash or utility belt. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 11 May 2022 At one point, Talley recalled holding Murphy’s board and leash, which was still attached to Murphy’s leg. Michael Krohn, oregonlive, 3 May 2022 Bruno, a one-year-old male French bulldog, was wearing a black collar and a black leash when he was stolen by four men just minutes before Pablo was taken in the city's Northwest neighborhood, according to police. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Bruno was wearing a black collar and a black leash. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Don't forget to enter code FablePeople20 at checkout to get 20 percent off the leash and waste bag holder. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Two packages containing an electronic guitar pickup, a dog collar and leash, a Miami Hurricanes rain jacket and hooded sweatshirt were reported stolen Dec. 17 from the front porch of a home in the 800 block of Belleforte Avenue. chicagotribune.com, 27 Dec. 2021 The organization said another monk seal mother, RH92, gave birth to a pup on April 14 after surviving an off-leash dog attack. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Lively pocket neighborhoods offer vintage clothing stores, authentic Cambodian eateries, LGBTQ-friendly bars and the only legal off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leash

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leash

Middle English lees, leshe, from Anglo-French *lesche, lesse, probably from lesser to leave, let go

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23 May 2022

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“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of leash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line for holding or controlling an animal


leashed; leashing

Kids Definition of leash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put on a line for holding or controlling All dogs must be leashed.

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