Definition of lee in English:

lee

Syllabification: lee

noun

  • 1Shelter from wind or weather given by a neighboring object, especially nearby land: we pitch our tents in the lee of a rock
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    • A single vessel can moor in the lee of either island but it is not a comfortable place to stay.
    • Choppy it was but as we got farther out into the lee of the outer islands the sea calmed considerably.
    • The pair had set up a tent in the lee of a dune.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (also lee side) The sheltered side; the side away from the wind: ducks were taking shelter on the lee of the island Contrasted with weather.
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    • I chose instead to fish the lee shore, hoping for a picture fish.
    • I could see white caps in the channel, it was time to seek shelter on the lee shore.
    • You can normally tell the lee side from the windward side by looking for cornices.

Origin

Old English hlēo, hlēow 'shelter', of Germanic origin; probably related to luke- in lukewarm.

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