Definitions and meaning of lea
- IPA(key): /liː/, /leɪ/
- Rhymes: -iː, -eɪ
- Homophones: lee, Lee, Leigh
From Middle English legh, lege, lei (“clearing, open ground”), from Old English lēah (“clearing in a forest”) from Proto-West Germanic *lauh (“meadow”), from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz (“meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *lówkos (“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”).
lea (plural leas)
- An open field, meadow.
- 1750, Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
- The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
- The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,
- The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
- And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
- XIX century, Alfred Tennyson, Circumstance
- Two children in two neighbor villages
- Playing mad pranks along the heathy leas;
- Lea Green
- Lea Hall
- Lea Marston
From Middle English le, lee, ley, of uncertain origin. Compare Old French lier (“to bind”), Old French laisse (“leash, cord”), Old French lïace, lïaz (“bundle”).
lea (plural leas)
- Any of several measures of yarn; for linen, 300 yards; for cotton, 120 yards.
- Synonym: lay
- A set of warp threads carried by a loop of the heddle.
- E-la, EAL, ELA, Ela, LAE, ael, ale
- first-person singular present subjunctive of ler
- third-person singular present subjunctive of ler
lea f (plural leas)
- fight, quarrel
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈle.a/, [ˈɫ̪e.a]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈle.a/, [ˈlɛː.a]
lea f (genitive leae); first declension
- (poetic) a lioness
- lea in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- lea in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- lea in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- lea in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- lea in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
- (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈlea̯/
- third-person singular present indicative of leat
- simple past and past participle of lee
From the Old Norse verbs liða and hliða.
- lee (with e infinitive)
- leda, lede
lea (present tense lear, past tense lea, past participle lea, passive infinitive least, present participle leande, imperative le)
- (transitive) to wiggle, move
See the etymology of the main entry.
- definite plural of le
- “lea” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- third-person singular present subjunctive of la
- third-person plural present subjunctive of la
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of leer.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of leer.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of leer.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of leer.
-lea (infinitive kulea)
- to raise a child, to rear
- to care for something (attend to the needs of)
- Verbal derivations:
- Passive: -lelewa (“to be raised”)
Probably from Proto-Polynesian *leo (compare Maori reo).
- language; speech
- IPA(key): [lèːɐ]
- Rhymes: -èːðɐ
- (ð-r merger) Rhymes: -èːrɐ, -èːðɐ
From le (“joint, limb.”)
- nominative/accusative masculine plural of le
- a meadow or pasture.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)