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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Levant, Levant morocconoun

    a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding

  2. Levantverb

    the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel

  3. levantverb

    run off without paying a debt


  1. Levantnoun

    The countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea variously:

  2. Levantnoun

    An easterly wind, generally in the western Mediterranean Sea

  3. Etymology: Transferral use of Levant, from levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LEVANTadjective


    Etymology: levant, French.

    Thwart of those, as fierce
    Forth rush the levant, and the ponent winds,
    Eurus and Zephyr. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

  2. Levantnoun

    The east, particularly those coasts of the Mediterranean east of Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Levantadjective

    rising or having risen from rest; -- said of cattle. See Couchant and levant, under Couchant

  2. Levantnoun

    the countries washed by the eastern part of the Mediterranean and its contiguous waters

  3. Levantnoun

    a levanter (the wind so called)

  4. Levantadjective


  5. Levantverb

    to run away from one's debts; to decamp

  6. Etymology: [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. Levant

    The Levant or Arabic: المشرق العربي‎ al-Mashrīq al-'Arabiyy; Hebrew: כְּנָעַן Kənáʿan, also known as the region of Syria or the Eastern Mediterranean, is a geographic and cultural region consisting of the "eastern Mediterranean littoral between Anatolia and Egypt". The Levant consists today of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus and parts of southern Turkey. Iraq and the Sinai Peninsula are also sometimes included. Precise definitions have varied over time, and the term originally had a broader and less well defined usage. The Levant has been described as the "crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Levant

    le-vant′, n. the point where the sun rises: the East: the coasts of the Mediterranean east of Italy.—adj. Lev′ant, or Lē′vant, eastern.—n. Levant′er, a strong easterly wind in the Levant.—adj. Levant′ine, belonging to the Levant. [Fr. levant—L. levāre, to raise.]

  2. Levant

    le-vant′, v.i. to decamp.—n. Levant′er, one who runs away dishonourably, who dodges paying his bets, &c. [Sp. levantar, to move—L. levāre, to raise.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Levant

    a name given to the E. of the Mediterranean and the regions adjoining by the western peoples of the Mediterranean.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. levant

    A wind coming from the east, which freshens as the sun rises, and subsides as it declines--To levant, to desert.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Levant

    An Italian term for the Orient or East--i.e. all those parts of the Mediterranean eastward of Italy. The word is also used in the sense of to depart, and a defaulter was said to have levanted, or gone to the Levant. This was in allusion to the “Grand Tour” which all scions of the nobility were expected to make on reaching their majority.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Levant is ranked #56588 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Levant surname appeared 361 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Levant.

    48.7% or 176 total occurrences were White.
    39.6% or 143 total occurrences were Black.
    8.8% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Levant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Levant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Levant in a Sentence

  1. Talal Ali Selo:

    Ahrar al-Sham and the Levant Front were dragged behind the lie of the Nusra Front.

  2. Le Drian:

    France cannot do everything, in the Sahel, in the Central African Republic, in the Levant and then secure its national territory.

  3. Israel Hershkovitz:

    The co-existence of these two populations in a confined geographic region at the same time that genetic models predict interbreeding promotes the notion that interbreeding may have occurred in the Levant region.

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