levee

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noun (1)

le·​vee ˈle-vē How to pronounce levee (audio)
lə-ˈvē,
-ˈvā
1
: a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed
2
: an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men
3
: a reception usually in honor of a particular person
the years of levees and parades and other suave peacetime occasionsGladys B. Stern

levee

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noun (2)

lev·​ee ˈle-vē How to pronounce levee (audio)
1
a
: an embankment for preventing flooding
b
: a river landing place : pier
2
: a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded

levee

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verb

lev·​ee ˈle-vē How to pronounce levee (audio)
leveed; leveeing

transitive verb

: to provide with a levee

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of levee was in 1672

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Cite this Entry

“Levee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levee. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

levee

noun
lev·​ee
ˈlev-ē
1
: a bank built along a river to prevent flooding
2
: a landing place along a river

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