Transferral use of Levant, from French levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant (“to sail eastward”), literally: set the sail with the Levant, an easterly wind that blows in the Mediterranean Sea.
levant (plural levants)
- To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.
- 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 16:
- In a mighty little time their husbands played them false and, taking whatever they could lay hands upon, levanted and left them in the lurch.
levant (not comparable)
- (heraldry) Rising, of an animal.
- 1932, Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset:
- Crest, a stag regardant levant argent.
- 1977, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History, Proceedings:
- [...] crest a raven levant sable issant out of a […]
- 1980, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History:
- [...] neck grene acornes proper wounded on his left sholder and at her feet there is a fawcon issant levant argent out of a crowne or.
- (law) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle.
- (poetic) Eastern.
levant m (uncountable)
- “levant”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.