noun, plural lev·a [lev-uh] /ˈlɛv ə/.

a coin and monetary unit of Bulgaria, equal to 100 stotinki. Abbreviation: L., LV.

Origin of lev

1900–05; < Bulgarian: literally, lion, OCS lĭvŭ, probably < Old High German lewo < Latin lēo; see leu
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Examples from the Web for leva

Historical Examples of leva

  • Leva, his wife, pawed Joseph over and yowled: I love you, I love you.

  • Seeing that, Leva looked up wondering in her husband's face, and he answered the question that he saw written in her eyes.

    Havelok The Dane

    Charles Whistler

  • The answer was prepared by Leva and used by Forrestal as the basis for his conversation with Royall.

  • La nuit vint, & il s'leva un grand vent qui leur faisoit des peurs pouventables.

    Popular Tales

    Charles Perrault

  • In absolute terms private investment increased from about 174 million leva to 262 million leva.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for leva


noun plural leva (ˈlɛvə)

the standard monetary unit of Bulgaria, divided into 100 stotinki

Word Origin for lev

from Bulgarian: lion
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Word Origin and History for leva



monetary unit of Bulgaria, introduced 1881, literally "lion" (see leu).

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