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levant

[li-vant]
verb (used without object) British Slang.
  1. to leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts.
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Origin of levant

1750–60; perhaps < Spanish levantar to lift (Compare levantar el campo to break camp, leave), frequentative of levar < Latin levāre
Related formsle·vant·er, noun

Levant

[li-vant]
noun
  1. the lands bordering the E shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
  2. Also called Levant morocco. a superior grade of morocco having a large and prominent grain, originally made in the Levant.
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Origin of Levant

1490–1500; earlier levaunt < Middle French levant, noun use (with reference to rising sun) of present participle of lever to raise (se lever to rise). See lever
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British Dictionary definitions for levant

levant1

noun
  1. a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases
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Word Origin

C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)

levant2

verb
  1. (intr) British to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps from Spanish levantar (el campo) to break (camp)

Levant

noun
  1. the Levant a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from the present participle of lever to raise (referring to the rising of the sun in the east), from Latin levāre
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Word Origin and History for levant

Levant

"Mediterranean lands east of Italy," late 15c., from Middle French levant "the Orient," from present participle of lever "to rise" (from Latin levare "to raise;" see lever). The region so called in reference to the direction of sunrise.

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levant in Culture

Levant

[(luh-vant)]

Name for the nations on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus, Egypt (see also Egypt), Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

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