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[lee-vis; French ley-vee] /ˈli vɪs; French leɪˈvi/
a city in S Quebec, in E Canada, across from Montreal, on the St. Lawrence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bourlamaque was dangerously wounded; Bougainville slightly; and the hat of Lévis was twice shot through.

  • He was an artillery-sergeant of Lévis's army; and that army, twelve thousand strong, was close to the gates of Quebec.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Early in November there had been rumours that the French under Lévis meant to march on the city and retake it.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But the garrison could build now; and, while Lévis dragged up his guns from the river, the English worked like demons.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Lévis had arrived the evening before, after his hard march through the sultry midsummer forest.

  • Including those who came with Lévis, the total force of effective soldiers was now thirty-six hundred.

  • Murray was saved by the timely appearance of the British fleet on May 15, and Lévis retreated.

  • Their splendid valour had been all in vain against the invisible musketeers of Montcalm, Lévis, and Bourlamaque.

    Old Quebec Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
  • These were the signal-fires of Lévis, to tell them that he had reached the appointed spot.

  • Lévis himself arrived in the course of the night, and approved the arrangement of the troops.

Word Origin and History for Lévis



1926, American English, originally Levi's, from Levi Strauss and Company, original manufacturer. Strauss' innovation was the copper rivets at strain points. A cowboy's accessory, adopted as a fashion c.1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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