Etymology
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lees (n.)

"dregs, sediment of wine or any liquor," late 14c., from Old French lies, plural of lie "dregs, sediment," which is probably from Celtic *leg-ya- (compare Old Irish lige "a bed, a lying"), from PIE root *legh- "to lie down, lay."

updated on May 08, 2017

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Definitions of lees from WordNet

lees (n.)
the sediment from fermentation of an alcoholic beverage;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.