Definition of lessee in US English:



  • A person who holds the lease of a property; a tenant.

    • ‘Well, the issue was that the obligations of the lessee would not be overlooked because the lessee and the lessor were the same person.’
    • ‘However, when the lease expired the lessee chose not to renew it and now Mr Durney isn't certain what he will do with it.’
    • ‘The claimant was a co-operative and owned the freehold of a block of flats where the defendant was a lessee.’
    • ‘Where there is an assignment by a lessor to a lessee the interest which the lessee takes is the interest which the lessor himself had.’
    • ‘In a real sense, the lessee leased not only the restaurant premises but the premises in the context of the entire mall as outlined in the site plan.’
    • ‘The answer is, so that the registration authority can give appropriate notice to owners, lessees, tenants or occupiers, or to others who might wish to object to an application to register.’
    • ‘It also pleaded that it had received Indonesian advice that a foreign company could be a lessee or assignee under a lease.’
    • ‘One condition relates to the wish of the lessee to dispose of the lease.’
    • ‘The thinking behind it appears to have been that they remained liable as original lessees under the lease.’
    • ‘We have built up a very good relationship with yourselves, the planners, the local estate office, tenants and lessees and other interested parties.’
    • ‘There was no present attempt to forfeit the lease by reason of the activities of the lessee.’
    • ‘During the period of the lease, the lessee is usually prohibited from making improvements on the leased assets.’
    • ‘In the lease the lessee's covenants were contained in clause 4.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs were lessees and occupiers of one of the flats.’
    • ‘If the covenant has the meaning suggested by the lessees, the lessors are liable for breach of the implied covenant.’
    • ‘This would include mortgagees, lessees and the acquirers of other interests, both legal and equitable.’
    • ‘Readers should beware of thinking that the tenants, lessees or farmers of the properties were necessarily personally resident therein.’
    • ‘The insurers, having paid a claim made by the lessees of the refinery, brought against the defendants a subrogated claim for negligence.’
    • ‘There was an owner, a lessee and a sublessee, as I understand it, is that right?’
    • ‘What you are telling us is the relationship between the lessor and the lessee and mortgagee.’


Late 15th century: from Old French lesse, past participle of lesser ‘to let, leave’, + -ee.