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intr.v. le·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants Chiefly British
To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.
[Probably after the Levant, used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave).]
A region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea north of the Arabian Peninsula and south of Turkey, usually including the area of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
Le′van·tine′ (lĕv′ən-tīn′, -tēn′, lə-văn′-) adj. & n.
A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding. Also called Levant morocco.
[After the Levant1.]
(Textiles) a cloth of twilled silk
(Placename) of or relating to the Levant
(Peoples) (esp formerly) an inhabitant of the Levant
Le•van•tine(ˈlɛv ənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin, lɪˈvæn tɪn, -taɪn)
1. of or pertaining to the Levant.n.
2. a native or inhabitant of the Levant.
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|Noun||1.||Levantine - (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant|
Levant - the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
|Adj.||1.||Levantine - of or relating to the Levant or its inhabitants; "the Levantine coast"|