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lee

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noun \ˈlē\

Definition of lee

  1. 1 :  protecting shelter

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

Examples of lee in a Sentence

  1. the lee of the ship

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Origin and Etymology of lee

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

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lee

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Definition of lee

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

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

First Known Use of lee

15th century

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Lee

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biographical name \ˈlē\

Definition of Lee

  1. Ann 1736–1784 American (English-born) Shaker


Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Charles 1731–1782 American (English-born) general


Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. David Morris 1931–     American physicist


Lee

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


Lee

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  1. Francis Lightfoot 1734–1797 American statesman in Revolution


Lee

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  1. (Nelle) Harper 1926–2016 American novelist


Lee

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Definition of Lee

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


Lee

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Definition of Lee

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


Lee

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


Lee

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  1. Robert E(dward) 1807–1870 American Confederate general


Lee

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  1. Sir Sidney 1859–1926 English editor and scholar


Lee

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  1. Yuan Tseh 1936–     American (Taiwanese-born) chemist


LEE Defined for English Language Learners

lee

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noun

Definition of lee for English Language Learners

  • : the side of something that is sheltered from the wind


LEE Defined for Kids

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lee

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noun \ˈlē\

Definition of lee for Students

  1. 1 :  a protecting shelter

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


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lee

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adjective

Definition of lee for Students

  1. :  of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind



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