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[les-awr, le-sawr] /ˈlɛs ɔr, lɛˈsɔr/
a person, group, etc., who grants a lease.
Origin of lessor
1350-1400; Middle English lesso(u)r < Anglo-French. See lease1, -or2
Can be confused
lesser, lessor. Unabridged
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  • Lease in which the lessor promises to maintain and insure the equipment leased.
  • It is also a lessor of rail cars and truck trailers.
  • Increase employment, albeit at a lessor lifestyle, and reduce the real debt.
  • It is also the biggest issuer of private label credit cards and the biggest aircraft lessor.
  • He has since suffered several lessor strokes and his health continues to decline.
  • There's no chance of a lessor helping itself to an extra monthly payment.
  • Mergers can't produce the big capacity cuts the industry needs without violating all employee and lessor contracts.
  • The lessor does not collect sales tax from the lessee.
  • lessor will take into account the impact of normal industry operational imbalances.
  • lessor, given the scope and nature of the emergency.
British Dictionary definitions for lessor


/ˈlɛsɔː; lɛˈsɔː/
a person who grants a lease of property
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lessor

"one who grants a lease," late 14c., from Anglo-French lessor (late 13c.), from verb lesser (see lease).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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