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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).]

Le·vant 1

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.

Le·vant 2

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


(ˈlɛv ənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin, lɪˈvæn tɪn, -taɪn)

1. of or pertaining to the Levant.
2. a native or inhabitant of the Levant.
Lev′an•tin`ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
aborigine, indigen, indigene, native, aboriginal - an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
Adj.1.Levantine - of or relating to the Levant or its inhabitants; "the Levantine coast"


A. ADJlevantino
B. Nlevantino/a m/f


n (= person)Levantiner(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
A Levantine, burly, unshaven, and soiled, towered truculently above him.
An English hero of the road would be the next best thing to an Italian bandit; and that could only be surpassed by a Levantine pirate.
Ah, you call yourself Oriental, a Levantine, Maltese, Indian, Chinese; your family name is Monte Cristo; Sinbad the Sailor is your baptismal appellation, and yet the first day you set foot in Paris you instinctively display the greatest virtue, or rather the chief defect, of us eccentric Parisians, -- that is, you assume the vices you have not, and conceal the virtues you possess.
The Levantine unfolded a table-cloth, red and yellow, vulgar, hideous, and grotesque.
Imperturbably, but smiling no more, the Levantine passed with his wares to another table.
They were Levantines, itinerant vendors of cheap rugs, and each bore on his arm a bundle.
She went to the cabinet of maps and unrolled one: this morning she might make herself finally sure that Paphlagonia was not on the Levantine coast, and fix her total darkness about the Chalybes firmly on the shores of the Euxine.
s contributions--a reading of the volume quickly indicates that the results of scientific dating techniques have simply been incorporated into existing traditional frameworks of interpretation, thereby rendering much of the volume a repeat of old debates within south Levantine Iron Age archaeology.
its production and trade and, in particular, the Dutch opium trade and the role of Dutch Levantine traders in it.
Sales inquiries can be addressed to Dan LeVantine, sales vice president, Bussco Division, at 310-371-1040 or dlevantine@cci-msc.
The patriarch on the other hand, expressed deep concern over the fate of Levantine Christians to itinerant Diman visitors including INTERPOL head Ronald Noble where he brought to their attention what he termed as "the rise of fanatical organizations.
Bassil said that the latest 3-D survey Lebanon has signed with the international energy exploration firm will help narrow down the geological location of the hydrocarbon deposits in Lebanon's 22,000 kilometer zone of the Levantine Basin and determine whether the country's potential petroleum deposits are in the form of oil or gas.