\ ˈlēz How to pronounce lees (audio) \

Definition of lees

: the sediment of a liquor (such as wine) during fermentation and aging : dregs

Examples of lees in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting juice was fermented at 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in stainless steel vats to preserve the aromatic freshness, then aged for three months on fine lees and gently stirred. Rachel King, Fortune, "8 wines to sip this summer," 4 July 2020 The nettles are blanched, chopped and squeezed and left to marinate in the liquid that accumulates during the yearlong process of making kasuzuke, pickles that use sake lees, a byproduct of sake production. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "What goes into a pickle bowl at Bay Area’s Cultured Pickle Shop," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of lees

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lees

Middle English lie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin lia

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9 Jul 2020

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“Lees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lees. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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