Definition of alee in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlē/

adverb& adjective

1On the side of a ship that is sheltered from the wind.
Example sentences
  • Winds were gusty which is why I stopped on the alee side of this low tide peninsula.
1.1(Of the helm) moved around to leeward in order to tack a vessel or to bring its bows up into the wind.
Example sentences
  • He barked the traditional, ‘Ready about,’ threw the helm over, and then added, ‘Hard alee!’
  • ‘Ready,’ returned Howard, and the moment he heard the response of ‘Hard alee,’ he let go the mainsheet - then reached over and released the halyard for the mainsail - which lowered the boom.
  • If you intend to have crew with you, don't forget to prepare them by saying: "Ready about" and "Helms alee."


Late Middle English: from a-2 'on' + lee.

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Syllabification: a·lee

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