Pronunciation Noun

lee (plural lees)

  1. (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  2. (sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.
  3. A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind (see also leeside); shelter; protection.
    the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
    • , Malory, Morte d'Arthure
      We lurked under lee.
    • 1873, John Tyndall, "Niagara", in Fragments of Science (1907), page 182 ↗
      Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.
    • 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter V:
      He turned into Cumberland street and, going on some paces, halted in the lee of the station wall. No-one.
Antonyms Translations
  • French: abri
  • German: Lee
  • Russian: подветренная сторона́

lee (not comparable)

  1. (sailing, geology) Facing away from the flow of a fluid, usually air.
    lee side, lee shore, lee helm

lee (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Lees; dregs.
    • A thousand demons lurk within the lee.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname for someone who lived near a meadow (the Anglo-Saxon for meadow being ley or leag).
  2. A unisex given name
    1. A male given name derived from the surname, masculine of Leigh#English|Leigh
    2. A female given name popular in conjoined names such as Lee Ann or Mary Lee.
      • 2016, Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood, Simon and Schuster (ISBN 9781501151743), page 21:
        “Nora?” She frowned, puzzled.
        “My name's Leonora,” I said. “At school I was Lee, but now I prefer Nora. I did mention it in the e-mail.”
        I'd always hated being Lee. It was a boy's name, a name that lent itself to teasing and rhyme.
  3. A placename, for example:
    1. A river in England, UK.
    2. A neighborhood near the village of Berrynarbor.
    3. A suburb in Lewisham, London.
    4. A village in Buckinghamshire, England, commonly known as The Lee.
    5. A river in Cork, Ireland.
    6. A former settlement in Inyo County, California.
    7. A town in Madison County, Florida.
    8. A village in DeKalb County, and.
    9. An unincorporated community in Monon Township, White County.
    10. A town in Penobscot County, Maine.
    11. A town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
    12. An unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada.
    13. A town in Strafford County, New Hampshire.
    14. A town/and/village in Oneida County, New York.
Proper noun
  1. Surname of Chinese - origin. Alternative form of Li, a transcription of 李 and other less common names such as 黎 and 理
  2. Surname of Korean - origin. Alternative form of Rhee (Hanja: 李; Hangul: 이 & 리)
Proper noun
  1. A male nickname for names such as Leo and Leroy

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