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
intransitive verble·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants Chiefly British
Origin of levantProbably after the Levant 1 used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave 1)
Origin of LevantAfter the Levant 1
(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