- an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
- Geology. natural levee.
- Agriculture. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
- History/Historical. a landing place for ships; quay.
- to furnish with a levee: to levee a treacherous stream.
Origin of levee1
- (in Great Britain) a public court assembly, held in the early afternoon, at which men only are received.
- a reception, usually in someone's honor: a presidential levee at the White House.
- History/Historical. a reception of visitors held on rising from bed, as formerly by a royal or other personage.
Origin of levee2
Examples from the Web for levee
The Republican governor criticized the suit as beyond the authority of the levee board and is calling for it to be dropped.Three Years After Gulf Oil Spill, Money Continues to Flow to Region
July 29, 2013
Only when government scientists determine there is a risk of flooding will the middle of the levee be put in place.Welcome to the Politics of Climate Change: Adapt and Avert
February 19, 2013
“Their Heads, which decorate our Levee, all the way up the coast… look like crows sitting on long poles,” wrote one traveler.America's Forgotten Slave Revolt
January 9, 2011
Mounting a levee heading north, Fobb suddenly stops dead, bringing his finger to his lips to silence us.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
On a fine Sunday in term time, it is quite a Levee—quite a Levee.Little Dorrit
Crowds of the idle and poor were streaming out toward the levee.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
He started off up the levee, but the Forecaster called him back.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men
Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
This was why he went to the levee as soon as he saw Heathcote was not going.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
He has not got the address, without which it is useless to go to the Levee.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)
Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
- an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
- an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
- a landing place on a river; quay
- a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
- (in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon
Word Origin and History for levee
1719, "natural or artificial embankment to prevent overflow of a river," from New Orleans French levée "raising, lifting; embankment," from French, originally fem. past participle of lever "to raise," from Latin levare "to raise" (see lever).
"morning assembly held by a prince or king (upon rising from bed)," 1670s, from French lever "a raising," noun use of verb meaning "to raise" (see levee (n.1)).
- A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
- An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.