levant


le·vant

intransitive verb \lə-ˈvant\

Definition of LEVANT

chiefly British
:  to run away from a debt

Origin of LEVANT

perhaps from Spanish levantar to break camp, ultimately from Latin levare
First Known Use: 1797

Le·vant

geographical name \lə-ˈvant\

Definition of LEVANT

the countries bordering on the E Mediterranean
Le·van·tine \ˈle-vən-ˌtīn, -ˌtēn, lə-ˈvan-\ adjective or noun

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