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 If the unit sells, the leasing company must consent to the new lessee. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2022 If a holder leases to a party in another sector, that transaction is recorded publicly, but only the sectors are identified, not the specific lessor or lessee. Will Sennott, ProPublica, 6 July 2022 The city of San Antonio remains the property owner and lessor, while the city of Alamo Heights is the pool owner and lessee. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 The theme park remains the only city lessee in default for unpaid rent — for a total of $10 million. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 The site remains unreclaimed, awaiting a plug job courtesy of U.S. taxpayers unless the BLM can find a new lessee. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Most studio operators did not lose a single lessee during the production shutdown, according to the report. Anousha Sakouistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 In San Diego, very few of the city’s lessee’s decided to take advantage of the extended rent repayment plan. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 The plant was turned over to the owners yesterday by the lessee, and is being placed in the office of the morning paper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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