levee

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See also: levée and lévée

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French levée, from lever (to raise, rise).

levee

Noun[edit]

levee (plural levees)

  1. An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi.
  2. (US) The steep bank of a river.
  3. (US) The border of an irrigated field.
  4. (US) A pier or other landing place on a river.
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Verb[edit]

levee (third-person singular simple present levees, present participle leveeing, simple past and past participle leveed)

  1. (US, transitive) To keep within a channel by means of levees.
    to levee a river
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French levé variant of the noun lever (the act of getting up in the morning).

Noun[edit]

levee (plural levees)

  1. (obsolete) The act of rising; getting up, especially in the morning after rest.
    • c. 1763, Thomas Gray, letter to Mr. Nichols
      And look before you were up in the morning, though you were a punctual courtier at the sun's levee
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 414:
      The sturdy hind now attends the levee of his fellow-labourer the ox []
  2. A reception of visitors held after getting up.
  3. A formal reception, especially one given by royalty or other leaders.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 179:
      I must take my leave, for the Cardinal holds a levee to-day, and let those fail in attendance who want nothing.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety[1], published 1993, →ISBN, page 195:
      At the King's levee on the morning of the 13th, Philippe was first ignored; then asked by His Majesty (rudely) what he wanted; then told, ‘Get back where you came from.’

Verb[edit]

levee (third-person singular simple present levees, present participle leveeing, simple past and past participle leveed)

  1. (transitive) To attend the levee or levees of.
    • 1728, Edward Young, The Love of Fame
      He levees all the great.

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levee

  1. feminine singular of the past participle of lever