lee

noun
\ˈlē \

Definition of lee 

(Entry 1 of 14)

1 : protecting shelter

2 : the side (as of a ship) or area that is sheltered from the wind

lee

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Definition of lee (Entry 2 of 14)

1 : of, relating to, or being the side sheltered from the wind — compare weather

2 : facing in the direction of motion of an overriding glacier used especially of a hillside

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Definition of Lee (Entry 3 of 14)

Ann 1736–1784 American (English-born) Shaker

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Definition of Lee (Entry 4 of 14)

Charles 1731–1782 American (English-born) general

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Definition of Lee (Entry 5 of 14)

David Morris 1931–     American physicist

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Definition of Lee (Entry 6 of 14)

Fitzhugh 1835–1905 nephew of Robert E. Lee American general

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Definition of Lee (Entry 7 of 14)

Francis Lightfoot 1734–1797 American statesman in Revolution

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Definition of Lee (Entry 8 of 14)

(Nelle) Harper 1926–2016 American novelist

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Definition of Lee (Entry 9 of 14)

Henry 1756–1818 Light-Horse Harry; father of Robert E. Lee American general

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Definition of Lee (Entry 10 of 14)

Myung-bak 1941–     president of South Korea (2008–13)

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Definition of Lee (Entry 11 of 14)

Richard Henry 1732–1794 brother of Francis Lightfoot Lee American statesman in Revolution

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Definition of Lee (Entry 12 of 14)

Robert E(dward) 1807–1870 American Confederate general

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Definition of Lee (Entry 13 of 14)

Sir Sidney 1859–1926 English editor and scholar

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Definition of Lee (Entry 14 of 14)

Yuan Tseh 1936–     American (Taiwanese-born) chemist

Examples of lee in a Sentence

Noun

the lee of the ship

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Silly for setting up in a strong wind in the lee of a giant cliff, where the air swirls and gusts unpredictably around the steep walls of sinuously folded, crumbling rock. Erin Mckittrick, Alaska Dispatch News, "How to document your Alaska adventure," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of lee

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lee

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hlēo; perhaps akin to Old High German lāo lukewarm, Latin calēre to be warm

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lee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lee

: the side of something that is sheltered from the wind

lee

noun
\ˈlē \

Kids Definition of lee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a protecting shelter

2 : the side (as of a ship) sheltered from the wind

lee

adjective

Kids Definition of lee (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind

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