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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A Scottish surname meaning "garden of hollies".
  2. A female given name derived from the surname,used since the 18th century. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-20th century.
  3. (rare): A male given name.

Usage notes[edit]

The male given name is usually spelled Leslie.


  • 1792 Robert Burns: Bonnie Lesley:
    O saw ye bonnie Lesley,
    As she gaed o'er the border.
    She's gane, like Alexander,
    To spread her conquests farther.