EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river. . Agriculture one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated. . History/Historical a landing place for ships; quay. verb (used with object), lev·eed, lev·ee·ing. to furnish with a levee: to levee a treacherous stream. Origin of levee 1 1710–20, ; < Americanism French levée < Medieval Latin levāta embankment, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin levāre to raise, orig. lighten, akin to levis light, not heavy Can be confused levee levy
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Examples from the Web for leveed Historical Examples of leveed British Dictionary definitions for leveed noun US 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 Word Origin for levee
C18: from French, from Medieval Latin
levāta, from Latin levāre to raise noun 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 for levee
C17: from French, variant of
lever a rising, from Latin levāre to raise
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Word Origin and History for leveed n.2
"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)). n.1
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).
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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.
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