a member of the tribe of Levi.
a descendant of Levi, especially one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle.

Origin of Levite

1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin Levīta < Greek Leuī́tēs Levite, equivalent to Leuī́ (< Hebrew Lēvī Levi, Levite) + -tēs personal noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for levite

Historical Examples of levite

  • And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • Brother, read over with care this address of the Levite, v. 15–17.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • Azartah, Ishmael, and three other priests and Levite chiefs.


    J. Donkersley

  • Like the watchful Levite of old, be a guardian at the temple-gates of your own soul.

    The Mind of Jesus

    John R. Macduff

  • "My word is my bond, Phoenician," answered the Levite haughtily.


    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for levite



Old Testament a member of the priestly tribe of Levi
Judaism another word for Levi 2
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