les·​see le-ˈsē How to pronounce lessee (audio)
: one that holds real or personal property under a lease

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 Colorado, like Arizona, offers a flat discount to lessees who make land improvements. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2024 Breaking a lease requires buying it out by taking on the remaining balance as a car loan, transferring it to another lessee, or ending it altogether and paying early termination fees. Ashley Donohoe, Car and Driver, 14 July 2023 In this case, the lessee was a Calabasascompany called Apex Development Inc., according to Newsom. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Elliott, the city attorney, said at the time that SeaWorld was the only city lessee to withhold pandemic-era rent payments, and that taxpayers should not have to absorb the company’s debts and liabilities. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Elliott filed a civil enforcement action asking for civil penalties and a permanent injunction against the mansion owners, the property manager and the lessee, who leased it out as a short-term rental. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq 6: Finance for 0.99% financing for 48 months, plus up to $2,500 cash back for current Hyundai owners and lessees. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Proof of Consistent Income Lenders also require lessees to have proof of consistent income to qualify for a new car. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 16 July 2023 With a close-end lease, the lessee is responsible for the car's remaining value after depreciation. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 12 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lessee was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lessee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lessee. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


les·​see le-ˈsē How to pronounce lessee (audio)
: a person holding or occupying property under a lease

Legal Definition


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