levant

[ li-vant ]
/ lɪˈvænt /

verb (used without object) British Slang.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM levant

le·vant·er, noun

Definition for levant (2 of 2)

Levant
[ li-vant ]
/ lɪˈvænt /

noun

the lands bordering the E shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Also called Levant morocco. a superior grade of morocco having a large and prominent grain, originally made in the Levant.

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 (1 of 3)

levant1
/ (lɪˈvænt) /

noun

a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases

Word Origin for levant

C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)

British Dictionary definitions for levant (2 of 3)

levant2
/ (lɪˈvænt) /

verb

(intr) British to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts

Word Origin for levant

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

British Dictionary definitions for levant (3 of 3)

Levant
/ (lɪˈvænt) /

noun

the Levant a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel

Word Origin for Levant

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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Cultural definitions for levant

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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