nounPlural lets

  • 1A period during which a room or property is rented.

    ‘I've taken a month's let on the flat’
    • ‘The agency would strive towards securing long term lets which would suit tenants and landlords.’
    • ‘The first development, Leitrim Quay, has 13 houses for short-term lets.’
    • ‘Estates advertising holiday cottages often also have long-term lets available.’
    • ‘The occupiers would be lower order users (such as car breaking) who would occupy the units on short lets at cheap rents.’
    • ‘St John's owns a former coalyard next door as well as four terraced cottages which are currently rented on short lets - they would be demolished under the proposals.’
    • ‘Once the conversion is complete, the new flats must be affordable and available for short-term lets.’
    • ‘Fully furnished, it is set up for holiday and short-term lets.’
    • ‘While short lets of a week, a month or six months cost substantially more, reductions are offered for a standard year-long contract.’
    • ‘If you intend to let the property for short-term holiday lets, then the service will need to include changeovers and handover of the keys.’
    • ‘In high season, lets run from Friday to Friday but later in the year mid week and weekend lets are often available.’
    1. 1.1 A property available for rent.
      ‘an unfurnished let’
      • ‘They have also refurbished cottages to provide holiday lets for visitors and sportsmen.’
      • ‘He gave his support to preventing houses being bought as second homes or holiday lets.’
      • ‘The idea is to prevent people buying newly built properties for second homes or holiday lets.’
      • ‘The land has been sold or leased to other farmers and the buildings, including one former agricultural worker's house, are now six holiday lets.’
      • ‘The Landmark Trust buys and restores interesting and historic building at risk, restores them and lets them out as holiday lets, so that the income can pay for their continued maintenance.’
      • ‘Similar barns had been converted to holiday lets.’

Definition of let in English:


nounPlural lets

  • (in racket sports) a circumstance under which a service is nullified and has to be taken again, especially (in tennis) when the ball clips the top of the net and falls within bounds.

    ‘he was obstructed and asked for a let’
    • ‘He called 23 lets, eight no lets and 10 strokes, as Hopwood eventually levelled the match.’
    • ‘If you encounter interference and then play the ball, you have no right to a let.’
    • ‘In a first game that lasted nearly 30 minutes, she maintained her composure through a series of lets, strokes, and no lets.’
    • ‘There are few, if any, lets and the strokes awarded are obvious.’
    • ‘It was stop start game with both players looking for lets and strokes.’
    • ‘I believe I have a very good understanding of lets and strokes.’


  • play a let

    • (in tennis, squash, etc.) play a point again because the ball or one of the players has been obstructed.

      • ‘When he accidentally hit Joey with the ball, Nick was very apologetic and sportingly played a let.’
      • ‘If there is a disagreement between you and your opponent about a let/stroke/no let situation, play a let.’
      • ‘The umpire played a let, as ballboys and girls scurried around reassembling Miss Whatley's paperwork.’
      • ‘As a beginner it is best to play a let on most interferences.’
      • ‘There is no such thing as playing a let when a ball from another court comes into your court.’
  • without let or hindrance

    • formal Without obstruction or impediment.

      ‘rats scurried about the house without let or hindrance’
      • ‘He is a government spy who can move without let or hindrance between France and England.’
      • ‘The law must take its course on this matter, without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘Whatever happened to being granted passage without let or hindrance?’
      • ‘The BBC board of governors had come under assault because it had sought to reassert ‘the right of the BBC to report British and international politics without let or hindrance from Downing Street,’ he continued.’
      • ‘Owners could continue to redeem their silver certificates without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘Each of these two ladies is entitled to come into England without let or hindrance provided that she is truly the wife of her husband.’
      • ‘The reality is, of course, that for every ‘bad apple’ who ended up in court, there were countless more going about their dread business without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘A highway is a way over which there exists a public right of passage, that is to say a right for all Her Majesty's subjects at all seasons of the year freely and at their will to pass and repass without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘The oil would continue to flow without let or hindrance - and it did.’
      • ‘To live without let or hindrance would be life indeed.’


Old English lettan ‘hinder’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch letten, also to late.