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

Nearby words

  1. levelheaded,
  2. leveling,
  3. leveling instrument,
  4. leveling rod,
  5. levelland,
  6. levellers,
  7. levelling screw,
  8. levelly,
  9. leven,
  10. leven, loch

Origin of leveller

First recorded in 1590–1600; level + -er1

Related formsself-lev·el·ler, noun




a person or thing that levels.
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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British Dictionary definitions for levellers



the Levellers English history a radical group on the Parliamentarian side during the Civil War that advocated republicanism, freedom of worship, etc


US leveler


a person or thing that levels
a person who works for the abolition of inequalities
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Word Origin and History for levellers



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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