Share this entry
alee Syllabification: a·lee
Pronunciation: /əˈlē/

Definition of alee in English:

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.

Definition of alee in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources