• IPA: /lɪˈvænt/

levant (plural levants)

  1. A disappearing or absconding after losing a bet.

levant (levants, present participle levanting; past and past participle levanted)

  1. 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.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      He died of a Tuesday. Got the run. Levanted with the cash of a few ads.
  • IPA: /ˈlɛvənt/

levant (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry) Rising, of an animal.
  2. (legal) Rising or having risen from rest; said of cattle.
  3. (poetic) Eastern.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Forth rush the levant and the ponent winds.

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈlɛv.ənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ləˈvɑnt/, /lɛvɑnt/, /ləˈvænt/
Proper noun
  1. The countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea, namely Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus (and sometimes, especially in a historical context, also including Turkey and Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire).
    Antonyms: Maghreb
  2. An easterly wind, generally in the western Mediterranean Sea
    Synonyms: levanter

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