- The definition of a lea is a meadow or field, or a length measurement of yarn which depends on the type and density of the yarn.
- An example of a lea is where a person might relax on a warm summer's day.
- An example of a lea is 80 yards of wool yarn, 120 yards of cotton or silk yarn or 300 yards of linen yarn.
A horse grazes in a lea.
- Old Poet. a meadow or grassy field
- ley (sense )
Origin of leaMiddle English leye ; from Old English leah, origin, originally , open ground in a wood, akin to Dutch -loo (in Waterloo, German -loh, grove ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leuk-, to light from source light and amp; Classical Latin lucus, grove, origin, originally , clearing, glade
Origin of leaMiddle English lee, probably taken as singular of leese ; from Old French lesse: see leash
Origin of leaMiddle English leie, from Old English lēah; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
- an open field, meadow
From Middle English legh, lege, lei "clearing, open ground" from Old English lēah (“clearing in a forest”) from Proto-Germanic *lauhō (“meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *louk- (“field, meadow”). Akin to Old Frisian lāch (“meadow”), Old Saxon lōh (“forest, grove”) (Middle Dutch loo (“forest, thicket”); Dutch -lo (in placenames)), Old High German lōh (“covered clearing, low bushes”), Old Norse lō (“clearing, meadow”).
- ale, ELA, LAE