Levant meaning

lə-vănt
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(brit., old-fashioned) To abscond, as to avoid paying one's debts.
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To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.
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A region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea north of the Arabian Peninsula and south of Turkey, usually including the area of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
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A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding.
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(proper, place) Region on the E Mediterranean, including all countries bordering the sea between Greece & Egypt.
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A disappearing or absconding after losing a bet.
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To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.
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(heraldry) Rising, of an animal.
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(law) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle.
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(poetic) Eastern.
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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).

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An easterly wind, generally in the western Mediterranean Sea.
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Origin of levant

  • Probably after the Levant used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the Levant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French levant (“rising, sun's point of rising"), form of lever (“to rise"), from Latin levō (“to rise"), from levis (“light, not heavy").

    From Wiktionary

  • Transferral use of Levant, from French levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant (“be stolen away").

    From Wiktionary

  • From French levant.

    From Wiktionary