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  1. (usually initial capital letter) (during the British Civil War) a member of the Parliamentary army advocating constitutional reforms, equal rights, and religious tolerance.
  2. Chiefly British. leveler.
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Origin of leveller

First recorded in 1590–1600; level + -er1
Related formsself-lev·el·ler, noun


  1. a person or thing that levels.
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Also especially British, lev·el·ler.

Origin of leveler

First recorded in 1590–1600; level + -er1
Related formsself-lev·el·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for leveller

Historical Examples

  • He was not a mocker, or a leveller, or a satirist, or an atheist.

    A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon

    John Lord, A.M.

  • What a leveller is sea-sickness—almost as great a radical as death.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • But the ordinary Italian has nothing of the leveller about him.

  • Nature is a leveller, which is a comfort to us who are born in levelling times.

  • This may bring upon me the imputation of being a democrat and a leveller.

    Human Intercourse

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

British Dictionary definitions for leveller


US leveler

  1. a person or thing that levels
  2. a person who works for the abolition of inequalities
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Word Origin and History for leveller


1590s, someone or something that makes level; agent noun of level (v.). From 1640s as the name of a political party of the time of Charles I that advocated abolishing all differences of position and rank.

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