le·​va·​tor | \ li-ˈvā-tər How to pronounce levator (audio) \
plural levatores\ ˌle-​və-​ˈtȯr-​(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce levatores (audio) \ or levators

Definition of levator

: a muscle that serves to raise a body part — compare depressor

Examples of levator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As might be expected from animals so closely related, all the musculature was exactly alike except for the levator muscle, which none of the wolves had. James Gorman, New York Times, "Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can’t Resist? Thank Evolution," 17 June 2019 But the key finding was that the levator anguli oculi medialis muscle, or LAOM, is nearly absent in wolves. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We may have inadvertently selected for muscles on dogs’ faces," 18 June 2019 The dominant muscle action is from the levator labii superioris. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How many types of smile are there?," 13 June 2018 The jaw muscles were also significantly enlarged in the cannibals, especially the jaw-closing levator mandibulae, whose bulging appearance reminded me of a kid with six pieces of Dubble Bubble jammed into each cheek. Bill Schutt, Discover Magazine, "The Case for Cannibalism," 29 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'levator.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of levator

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levator

New Latin, from Latin levare to raise — more at lever

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about levator

Time Traveler for levator

Time Traveler

The first known use of levator was in 1615

See more words from the same year

Statistics for levator

Cite this Entry

“Levator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levator. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for levator


le·​va·​tor | \ li-ˈvāt-ər How to pronounce levator (audio) \
plural levatores\ ˌlev-​ə-​ˈtōr-​(ˌ)ēz How to pronounce levatores (audio) \ or levators\ li-​ˈvāt-​ərz How to pronounce levators (audio) \

Medical Definition of levator

: a muscle that serves to raise a body part — compare depressor sense a

More from Merriam-Webster on levator

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with levator

Comments on levator

What made you want to look up levator? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!