les·​sor | \ˈle-ˌsȯr, le-ˈsȯr \

Definition of lessor 

: one that transfers property (such as a house or a car) by a contract

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lessor


landlord, letter, renter


lessee, lodger, roomer, tenant

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Examples of lessor in a Sentence

lessors are free to charge as much as they want for a house

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Cinven Partners LLP in 2015 sold its stake in plane lessor Avolon to Bohai Leasing, an affiliate of China’s HNA Group. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Private Equity Makes Leasing Planes a Hot Commodity," 4 July 2018 The money factor is not an interest rate; it is based on a formula that lessors devise to determine their profit. Houston Chronicle, "Understand leasing terminology," 29 June 2018 In 2014, Airbus won a pledge from the lessor for the purchase of 100 planes valued at $10.2 billion. Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg.com, "China Lessor CALC Talks With Airbus, Boeing to Buy 200 Jets," 4 June 2018 Air travel demand contracted violently, hobbling GE’s business as the world’s largest lessor of planes. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What the Hell Happened at GE?," 24 May 2018 Stopkotte said that Brush is a friend of his and his lessor for his Indiana residence. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Former Fishers swim coach once again facing federal charges," 22 Apr. 2018 Seaspan is the world’s largest containership lessor by cargo-carrying capacity, according to Alphaliner, and the combined companies would have 8% of the market. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 15 Mar. 2018 There is also talk that Richard could accept a lessor position with the Seahawks. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Seattle Seahawks expected to hire Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator: Report," 16 Jan. 2018 SpiceJet’s fortunes hit bottom in December 2014, when lessors took away some aircraft, the carrier missed salary payments and canceled more than 2,000 flights that month. Anna Edwards, Bloomberg.com, "SpiceJet Shows Long-Haul Intent With Boeing-Airbus Contest," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lessor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lessor

Middle English lessour, from Anglo-French, from lesser to lease

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The first known use of lessor was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lessor

law : a person or company that leases property (such as a car or house) to someone


les·​sor | \ˈle-ˌsȯr, le-ˈsȯr \

Legal Definition of lessor 

: a person who conveys the possession of real or personal property under a lease

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