[lee-vahy, ley-vee; for 5 also lee-vee]
- a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:34.
- one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
- original name of Matthew(def 1).
- a Levite.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “a joining.”
- Car·lo [kahr-law] /ˈkɑr lɔ/, 1902–75, Italian painter and writer.
- a brand of clothing, especially blue jeans.
Compare blue jeans.
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According to the sheriff, 18-year-old Levi Weaver begged the officer to shoot him, and then leapt at him.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
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“I specifically took on those roles knowing they had an added value,” says Levi.
And although Levi is not gay, one could argue his face has done more for Israeli gay tourism than any glitzy ad campaign.
It happened that Levi was there and that the talk was of Blueskin.
You're the thief—Levi West—you come here and stole my daddy from me ye did.
Levi's companion dropped to the sand without a sound, like a bundle of rags.
Not a word was said until Levi had ended his meal and filled his pipe.
It was Levi West, and he carried an empty meal bag over his arm.
- Old Testament
- the third son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of the tribe of Levi (Genesis 29:34)
- the priestly tribe descended from this patriarch (Numbers 18:21–24)
- New Testament another name for Matthew the apostle
- Carlo. 1902–75, Italian physician, painter, and writer. Best known for his novel Christ Stopped at Eboli (1947), his other works include The Watch (1952) and Words are Stones (1958)
- Primo (ˈpriːməʊ). 1919–87, Italian novelist. His book If This is a Man (1947) relates his experiences in Auschwitz. Other books include The Periodic Table (1956) and The Drowned and the Saved (1988), published after his suicide
- Judaism a descendant of the tribe of Levi who has certain privileges in the synagogue service
- trademark jeans, usually blue and made of denim
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Word Origin and History for levi
masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob by Leah, from Hebrew lewi, literally "joining, pledging, attached," from stem of lawah "he joined."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper