a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)
a pier that provides a landing place on a river
an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
the act of rising
a morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in distinction from a soiree, or evening assembly; a matinee; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime or evening; as, the president's levee
to attend the levee or levees of
an embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river
to keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a river
Origin: [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever, n.]
A levee, levée, dike, embankment, floodbank or stopbank is an elongated naturally occurring ridge or artificially constructed fill or wall, which regulates water levels. It is usually earthen and often parallel to the course of a river in its floodplain or along low-lying coastlines.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lev′ā, lev′ē, le-vē′, n. a morning assembly of visitors: an assembly received by a sovereign or other great personage.—v.t. to attend the levee of. [Fr. lever, to rise.]
le-vē′, n. an artificial bank, as that of the Lower Mississippi: a quay. [Fr.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a morning reception held by the sovereign or some one of high rank.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A French word for a mole or causeway, adopted of late for river embankments of magnitude, as those of the Po, the Thames, and the Mississippi.
A type of embankment.
There are a variety of levee, some beside a pier, a river or a field.Submitted by MaryC on October 6, 2015
Etymology and Origins
A French word applied to a royal reception, from lever, arising, because in former times such a function took place in the King’s bed-chamber at the hour of rising.
The numerical value of levee in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of levee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of levee in a Sentence
Most of the population of St. Bernard is within the new levee system, but you also have some communities outside the levee system where, if anything, the conditions appear to have gotten worse.
Omaha has 13 miles of flood control on the Missouri River. The levee is safe and the river is not expected to compromise the levee. The levee is being monitored as a precaution.
All the levels we're expecting will be contained in the levee systems.
If the levee had broken, 50,000 acres would flood in 30 minutes.
Apprehensive, a little bit scared, it continues to rise and I’m plugging holes in my levee and hoping that my fields don't flood…it’s a scary situation. I’m hoping for the best but it could be worse than I ever imagined.
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