Definitions for: Levant


[n] the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon and Syria and Israel
[n] a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding
[v] run off without paying a debt



Webster (1913) Definition: Le"vant (l[=e]"vant), a. [F., p. pr. of lever to
raise.] (Law)
Rising or having risen from rest; -- said of cattle. See
Couchant and levant, under Couchant.


Le*vant" (l[-e]*v[a^]nt"), n. [It. levante the point
where the sun rises, the east, the Levant, fr. levare to
raise, levarsi to rise: cf. F. levant. See Lever.]
1. The countries washed by the eastern part of the
Mediterranean and its contiguous waters.

2. A levanter (the wind so called).


Le"vant (l[=e]"vant; 277), a.
Eastern. [Obs.]

Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds. --Milton.


Le*vant" (l[-e]*v[a^]nt"), v. i. [Cf. Sp. levantar to
raise, go from one place to another.]
To run away from one's debts; to decamp. [Colloq. Eng.]
--Thackeray.

Synonyms: Levant morocco

See Also: abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, go off, Levantine, morocco, run off

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