levant

levant

[li-vant]
verb (used without object) British Slang.
to leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts.

Origin:
1750–60; perhaps < Spanish levantar to lift (Compare levantar el campo to break camp, leave), frequentative of levar < Latin levāre

levanter, noun
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Levant

[li-vant]
noun
1.
the lands bordering the E shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
2.
Also called Levant morocco. a superior grade of morocco having a large and prominent grain, originally made in the Levant.

Origin:
1490–1500; earlier levaunt < Middle French levant, noun use (with reference to rising sun) of present participle of lever to raise (se lever to rise). See lever

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levant1 (lɪˈvænt)
 
n
a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases
 
[C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)]

levant2 (lɪˈvænt)
 
vb
(Brit) (intr) to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts
 
[C18: perhaps from Spanish levantar (el campo) to break (camp)]

Levant (lɪˈvænt)
 
n
the Levant a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
 
[C15: from Old French, from the present participle of lever to raise (referring to the rising of the sun in the east), from Latin levāre]

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Main Entry:  levant
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See aram sandwich
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Levant
"Mediterranean lands east of Italy," 1497, from M.Fr. levant "the Orient," from prp. of lever "to rise" (from L. levare "to raise;" see lever). The region so called in allusion to the direction of sunrise.
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Levant [(luh-vant)]

Name for the nations on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

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