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[lee-vahyt] /ˈli vaɪt/
a member of the tribe of Levi.
a descendant of Levi, especially one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle.
Origin of Levite
1250-1300; Middle English < Late Latin Levīta < Greek Leuī́tēs Levite, equivalent to Leuī́ (< Hebrew Lēvī Levi, Levite) + -tēs personal noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Brother, read over with care this address of the Levite, v. 15–17.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • Azartah, Ishmael, and three other priests and Levite chiefs.

    Athaliah J. Donkersley
  • Like the watchful Levite of old, be a guardian at the temple-gates of your own soul.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • "My word is my bond, Phoenician," answered the Levite haughtily.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • In Mexico you must play the Levite and "pass by on the other side."

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The people are glad, "seeing they have a Levite for their priest."

  • Surely, not as the priest or the Levite have you so long passed them by "on the other side."

    In League with Israel

    Annie F. Johnston
  • Second Levite (has a bright idea): We'll tell the inn-keeper to send and fetch him.

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • He taketh up the wounded man, when the priest and Levite pass him by.

British Dictionary definitions for Levite


(Old Testament) a member of the priestly tribe of Levi
(Judaism) another word for Levi2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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