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Levantine

[lev-uh n-tahyn, -teen, li-van-tin, -tahyn] /ˈlɛv ənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin, lɪˈvæn tɪn, -taɪn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Levant.
noun
2.
a native of the Levant.
Origin of Levantine
1640-1650
1640-50; Levant + -ine1
Related forms
Levantinism, noun
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Examples from the Web for Levantine
Historical Examples
  • His visit to Constantinople and Palestine in 1898 inaugurated a Levantine policy destined to have momentous results.

  • Their heroism is stifled among the bales of their Levantine merchandise.

  • The Levantine was stupefied with this reading, absolutely astounded.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • And there was that tang in her speech which comes only to the Levantine.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • While he bargained with the Levantine his confidence in this eccentric explanation increased.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • The Levantine trader suffered most severely in this respect.

  • He voyaged in a two-masted Levantine Saic, the bulk of his followers travelling overland.

  • They were Levantine types, but of Levantines who had taken root in Paris.

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
  • Very soon after my arrival I went to the house of the Levantine to whom my credentials were addressed.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • There is a Levantine Greek high up in the councils of the Germans.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
British Dictionary definitions for Levantine

levantine

/ˈlɛvənˌtaɪn/
noun
1.
a cloth of twilled silk

Levantine

/ˈlɛvənˌtaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Levant
noun
2.
(esp formerly) an inhabitant of the Levant
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Word Origin and History for Levantine
adj.

1640s, from Levant + -ine (1).

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