Etymology
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lee (n.)

Middle English le, leoh, from Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (source also of Old Norse hle, Danish , Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). The original sense is uncertain; it might have been "warm" (compare German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), and Watkins traces it to a PIE *kle-wo-, a suffixed variant form of the root *kele- (1) "warm."

Nautical sense "that part of the hemisphere to which the wind is directed" (c. 1400) is of Scandinavian origin, from the notion of the side of the ship opposite that which receives the wind as the sheltered side. As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun. The lee shore is that toward which the wind blows. Middle English also had lewth "warmth, shelter," Old English hleowþ, with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Also compare lukewarm.

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Definitions of lee
1
lee (n.)
the side of something that is sheltered from the wind;
Synonyms: lee side / leeward
2
lee (adj.)
towards the side away from the wind;
Synonyms: downwind
3
Lee (n.)
United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of black culture in America (born in 1957);
Synonyms: Spike Lee / Shelton Jackson Lee
Lee (n.)
United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970);
Synonyms: Gypsy Rose Lee / Rose Louise Hovick
Lee (n.)
United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973);
Synonyms: Bruce Lee / Lee Yuen Kam
Lee (n.)
United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926);
Synonyms: Tsung Dao Lee
Lee (n.)
leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American Colonies (1732-1794);
Synonyms: Richard Henry Lee
Lee (n.)
soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818);
Synonyms: Henry Lee / Lighthorse Harry Lee
Lee (n.)
American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870);
Synonyms: Robert E. Lee / Robert Edward Lee
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