Origin of levantprobably ; from Spanish levantar, to start suddenly (as game), literally , to rise, ultimately ; from Classical Latin levare, to raise: see lever
Origin of LevantFrench levant ; from Italian levante (; from Classical Latin levans, rising, raising, present participle of levare, to raise: see lever): applied to the East, from the “rising” of the sun
Origin of LevantAfter the Levant1.
intransitive verble·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants Chiefly British
Origin of levantProbably after the Levant1, used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave1).
(third-person singular simple present levants, present participle levanting, simple past and past participle levanted)
- To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.
Transferral use of Levant, from French levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant (“be stolen away").
From French levant.
- The countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea variously:
- a. Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Palestine
- b. Turkey, Cyprus, (Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Palestine), Egypt.
- c. Greece, (Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt).
- An easterly wind, generally in the western Mediterranean Sea