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levant

[li-vant] /lɪˈvænt/
verb (used without object), British Slang.
1.
to leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; perhaps < Spanish levantar to lift (Compare levantar el campo to break camp, leave), frequentative of levar < Latin levāre
Related forms
levanter, noun

Levant

[li-vant] /lɪˈvænt/
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 a superior grade of morocco having a large and prominent grain, originally made in the Levant.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/
noun
1.
a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases
Word Origin
C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)

levant2

/lɪˈvænt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Brit) to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Spanish levantar (el campo) to break (camp)

Levant

/lɪˈvænt/
noun
1.
the Levant, a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
Word Origin
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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Contemporary definitions for levant
noun

See aram sandwich

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Word Origin and History for levant

Levant

"Mediterranean lands east of Italy," late 15c., from Middle French levant "the Orient," from present participle of lever "to rise" (from Latin levare "to raise;" see lever). The region so called in reference to the direction of sunrise.

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levant in Culture
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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