lee

1 of 2

noun

1
: protecting shelter
2
: the side (as of a ship) or area that is sheltered from the wind

lee

2 of 2

adjective

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

Examples of lee in a Sentence

Noun the lee of the ship

Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lee was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near lee

Cite this Entry

“Lee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lee. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

lee

1 of 2 noun
1
: protecting shelter
2
: the side (as of a ship) or area that is sheltered from the wind

lee

2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or being the side sheltered from the wind

Biographical Definition

Lee 1 of 12

biographical name (1)

Ann 1736–1784 American (English-born) Shaker

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biographical name (2)

Charles 1731–1782 American (English-born) general

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biographical name (3)

David Morris 1931–     American physicist

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biographical name (4)

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

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biographical name (5)

Francis Lightfoot 1734–1797 American statesman in Revolution

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biographical name (6)

(Nelle) Harper 1926–2016 American novelist

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biographical name (7)

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

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biographical name (8)

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

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biographical name (9)

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

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biographical name (10)

Robert E(dward) 1807–1870 American Confederate general

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biographical name (11)

Sir Sidney 1859–1926 English editor and scholar

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biographical name (12)

Yuan Tseh 1936–     American (Taiwanese-born) chemist
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