levee


1le·vee

noun \ˈle-vē; lə-ˈvē, -ˈvā\

Definition of LEVEE

1
:  a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed
2
:  an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men
3
:  a reception usually in honor of a particular person

Origin of LEVEE

French lever, from Middle French, act of arising, from (se) lever to rise
First Known Use: 1672

Rhymes with LEVEE

2lev·ee

noun \ˈle-vē\

Definition of LEVEE

1
a :  an embankment for preventing flooding
b :  a river landing place :  pier
2
:  a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded

Origin of LEVEE

French levée, from Old French, act of raising, from lever to raise — more at lever
First Known Use: circa 1720

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

3lev·ee

verb \ˈle-vē\
lev·eedlev·ee·ing

Definition of LEVEE

transitive verb
:  to provide with a levee

First Known Use of LEVEE

1832

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

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