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levanter

[li-van-ter]
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noun
  1. a strong easterly wind in the Mediterranean.
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Origin of levanter

First recorded in 1620–30; Levant + -er1
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Examples from the Web for levanter

Historical Examples

  • And that was the Levanter of to-day, Euraquilo, they call it—hell let loose.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • From March 26th, we have had nothing like a Levanter, except for the French fleet.

    The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)

    A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan

  • It was the beginning of a 'Levanter,' and scarcely ruffled the surface as it swept along.

  • A regular Levanter had now come on, and the vessel pitched and tossed to a very considerable degree.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow

  • I think it is a good thing to have drawn them this way, as I trust the first Levanter will bring us ships from the Mediterranean.


British Dictionary definitions for levanter

levanter1

noun (sometimes capital)
  1. an easterly wind in the W Mediterranean area, esp in the late summer
  2. an inhabitant of the Levant
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levanter2

noun
  1. British a person who bolts or absconds
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