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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 ?
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.
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.