- The definition of a levee is a barrier or embankment designed to prevent the overflow of water onto land.
Barriers set up in New Orleans that were designed to prevent the flow of water and that failed during Hurricane Katrina, causing flooding, are an example of levees.
levee definition by Webster's New World
- an embankment built alongside a river to prevent high water from flooding bordering land
- a landing place, as a pier, on the bank of a river
- a low ridge of earth around a field to be irrigated
Origin: French levée, feminine past participle of Old French lever, to raise: see lever
- Historical a morning reception held by a sovereign or person of high rank upon arising
- any formal or stylish reception
- Brit. a reception held in the afternoon by the king or his representative, attended only by men
Origin: French levé, for Old French lever, substantival use of infinitive , to raise, se lever, to rise: see levee
levee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An embankment raised to prevent a river from overflowing.
- A small ridge or raised area bordering an irrigated field.
- A landing place on a river; a pier.
Origin: French levée, from Old French levee, from feminine past participle of lever, to raise; see lever.
- A reception held, as by royalty, upon arising from bed.
- A formal reception, as at a royal court.
Origin: From French lever, a rising, from Old French, from lever, to raise, rise; see lever.
levee - Science Definition
- A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
- An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.