[lev-uh n-tahyn, -teen, li-van-tin, -tahyn]
  1. a native of the Levant.

Origin of Levantine

First recorded in 1640–50; Levant + -ine1
Related formsLev·an·tin·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for levantine

Historical Examples of levantine

  • "One hundred and fifty," said the Levantine Turk with a snap.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The Levantine was stupefied with this reading, absolutely astounded.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • Levantine, in the Levant, or eastern part of the Mediterranean.

  • But let it not be forgotten that he had fallen under the influence of a Levantine.

  • Don't you call me a coward, you dirty, ear-ringed Levantine thief!

    Edward Barry

    Louis Becke

British Dictionary definitions for levantine


  1. a cloth of twilled silk


  1. of or relating to the Levant
  1. (esp formerly) an inhabitant of the Levant
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Word Origin and History for levantine



1640s, from Levant + -ine (1).

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