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

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to run away from a debt

Word History


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

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of levant was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Levant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levant. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Le·​vant lə-ˈvant How to pronounce Levant (audio)
the countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea
often thought of as extending from Greece to Egypt
ˈle-vən-ˌtīn How to pronounce Levant (audio)
adjective or noun

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