levant

verb
le·​vant | \ lə-ˈvant How to pronounce levant (audio) \
levanted; levanting; levants

Definition of levant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to run away from a debt

Levant

geographical name
Le·​vant | \ lə-ˈvant How to pronounce Levant (audio) \

Definition of Levant (Entry 2 of 2)

the countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea often thought of as extending from Greece to Egypt

Other Words from levant

Geographical name

Levantine \ ˈle-​vən-​ˌtīn How to pronounce Levant (audio) , -​ˌtēn , lə-​ˈvan-​ \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of levant

Verb

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levant

Verb

perhaps from Spanish levantar to break camp, ultimately from Latin levare

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“Levant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levant. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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