Definition of alee in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈliː

adjective & adverb

  • 1On the side of a ship that is sheltered from the wind.
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    • Winds were gusty which is why I stopped on the alee side of this low tide peninsula.
  • 1.1(Of the helm) moved round to leeward in order to tack a vessel or to bring its bows up into the wind.
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    • 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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