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levee

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noun le·vee \ˈle-vē; lə-ˈvē, -ˈvā\

Definition of levee

  1. 1 :  a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed

  2. 2 :  an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men

  3. 3 :  a reception usually in honor of a particular person

Origin and Etymology of levee

French lever, from Middle French, act of arising, from (se) lever to rise


First Known Use: 1672


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levee

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noun lev·ee \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levee

  1. 1 a :  an embankment for preventing flooding b :  a river landing place :  pier

  2. 2 :  a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded

Origin and Etymology of levee

French levée, from Old French, act of raising, from lever to raise — more at lever


First Known Use: circa 1720

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levee

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verb lev·ee \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levee

leveed

leveeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with a levee

1832

First Known Use of levee

1832

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LEVEE Defined for Kids

levee

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noun le·vee \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levee for Students

  1. :  a bank built along a river to prevent flooding



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