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lees Syllabification: lees

Definition of lees in English:

plural noun

1The sediment of wine in the barrel.
Example sentences
  • The wine is aged on the lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement.
  • These have long been used by the Champagne industry to seal bottles while they are aging on the lees.
  • The title came about when the two owners tasted an experimental Chardonnay that had been left on the lees in barrels for some time.
1.1The most worthless part or parts of something: the lees of the Venetian underworld


Late Middle English: plural of obsolete lee in the same sense, from Old French lie, from medieval Latin liae (plural), of Gaulish origin.

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