\ ˈlef How to pronounce lev (audio) \
plural leva\ ˈle-​və How to pronounce leva (audio) \ also levs

Definition of lev

 (Entry 1 of 3)

the basic monetary unit of Bulgaria — see Money Table
variants: or Levit

Definition of Lev (Entry 2 of 3)

variants: or levo-

Definition of lev- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : levorotatory levulose
2 : to the left levorotatory

Examples of lev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some two-thirds of lev loans have been collected into these syndication vehicles. Larry Light, Fortune, "A Decade After the Financial Crisis, Corporate Finance Must Contend with These New Ticking Debt Time Bombs," 29 Dec. 2019 With that, the lev became a clone of the deutsche mark. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 The lev had collapsed, and the monthly inflation rate had soared to 242%. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 Inflation was crushed immediately, lev interest rates plunged, a hard budget constraint was put on Bulgaria’s fisc, and the economy boomed. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 12 Aug. 2018 Its national currency, the lev, is already pegged to the euro, public debt is well below the euro-area average and the EU cap, and the nation runs a budget surplus. Bloomberg.com, "Bulgaria Reluctant to Seek ECB Scrutiny Before Euro Entry," 29 Mar. 2018 The Boring Company last year showcased the possibility of moving cars underground on mag-lev sleds, though that concept wasn’t quite a version of the Hyperloop proper. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Washington, D.C., Has Given the Boring Company a Permit for a Possible Hyperloop Station," 17 Feb. 2018 In rapidly ageing Bulgaria, already Europe’s fifth-greyest country, nearly 60% of pensioners are below the government’s poverty line of 321 lev ($196) a month. The Economist, "CharlemagneIf hell is other people, Bulgaria is paradise," 11 Jan. 2018 Its currency, the lev, is pegged to the euro under a currency board system imposed 20 years ago in the wake of a banking crisis. Elizabeth Konstantinova, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel and Macron Hand Boost to Bulgaria's Euro Aspirations," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of lev


circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lev


Bulgarian, literally, lion

Combining form

French lévo-, from Latin laevus left; akin to Greek laios left

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“Lev.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lev. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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