les·​see | \ le-ˈsē How to pronounce lessee (audio) \

Definition of lessee

: one that holds real or personal property under a lease

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Examples of lessee in a Sentence

the lessee has the right to expect the lessor to make all necessary repairs in a timely manner
Recent Examples on the Web The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has been felt throughout the entire economy, and in response automakers are offering various financial and payment-relief plans to current lessees and owners making monthly loan payments. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "How Can I Get Help with My Loan or Lease during the Pandemic?," 10 Apr. 2020 Jaguar Land Rover Jaguar Land Rover Financial Group is offering returning lessees' waivers of up to $750 for two payments. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "How Can I Get Help with My Loan or Lease during the Pandemic?," 10 Apr. 2020 All customers get an $8500 discount, while current lessees are offered an additional $1500 in loyalty bonuses. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Chevrolet Bolt EVs Are Really Cheap to Lease Right Now," 15 Jan. 2020 Pelsor has had to contend with vandals, arsonists and a sub-lessee who left in the middle of the night after falling behind on his payments. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Theme park owner out, bless his heart," 8 Dec. 2019 The apartment lessee Jennifer Smith, 41, was arrested on outstanding warrants. Levi Edwards | Ledwards@al.com, al, "Man shot in Kellogg Street apartment, guns, drugs found at scene," 15 Oct. 2019 Any pullback in the operations of WeWork, a major lessee of commercial real estate, could swipe at the entire sector, which counts JPMorgan as its third-biggest lender in the U.S. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Only JPMorgan Can Fill WeWork’s $47 Billion Hole," 15 Oct. 2019 As a result, Mr. Attia said, transactions are typically all-cash deals and no paperwork is exchanged, leaving the lessees particularly vulnerable. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Handcuffed for Selling Churros: Inside the World of Illegal Food Vendors," 11 Nov. 2019 Chris Lewis and Jill Nesloney of Lee & Associates represented the sub-lessee. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Cognizant inks lease in Westchase," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lessee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lessee

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from lessé, past participle of lesser to lease — more at lease

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lessee

law : a person who has an agreement that allows the use of a car, house, etc., for a period of time in exchange for a payment : a person who has a lease on something


les·​see | \ le-ˈsē How to pronounce lessee (audio) \

Legal Definition of lessee

: a person who has possession of real or personal property under a lease specifically : a tenant of real property under a lease

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