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lev·ee 1

 (lĕv′ē)
n.
1. An embankment raised to prevent a river from overflowing.
2. A small ridge or raised area bordering an irrigated field.
3. A landing place on a river; a pier.
tr.v. lev·eed, lev·ee·ing, lev·ees
To provide with a levee.

[French levée, from Old French levee, from feminine past participle of lever, to raise; see lever.]

lev·ee 2

 (lĕv′ē, lə-vē′, -vā′)
n.
1. A reception held, as by royalty, upon arising from bed.
2. A formal reception, as at a royal court.

[From French lever, a rising, from Old French, from lever, to raise, rise; see lever.]

levee

(ˈlɛvɪ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
2. (Agriculture) an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
3. a landing place on a river; quay
[C18: from French, from Medieval Latin levāta, from Latin levāre to raise]

levee

(ˈlɛvɪ; ˈlɛveɪ)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon
[C17: from French, variant of lever a rising, from Latin levāre to raise]

lev•ee1

(ˈlɛv i)
n.
1. an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
2. a natural deposit of sand or mud built up along the side of a river or stream.
3. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
4. a landing place for ships.
v.t.
5. to furnish with a levee.
[1710–20; < French levée < Medieval Latin levāta embankment, n. use of feminine past participle of Latin levāre to raise (see lever)]

lev•ee2

(ˈlɛv i, lɛˈvi)

n.
1. (in Great Britain) a public court assembly, held in the early afternoon, at which men only are received.
2. a formal reception, usu. in someone's honor: a presidential levee; the Governor General's levee.
3. (formerly) a reception of visitors held on rising from bed, as by a royal personage.
[1665–75; < French levé, variant sp. of lever rising < Latin levāre to raise; see levee1]

lev·ee

(lĕv′ē)
A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.

Levee

 a reception of ten held in the morning; any miscellaneous gathering of guests, 1672.
Example: levees of ministers, 1874.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.levee - a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)
reception - a formal party of people; as after a wedding
2.levee - a pier that provides a landing place on a river
pier, wharf, wharfage, dock - a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
3.levee - an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowinglevee - an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
embankment - a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
Translations

levee

1 [ˈleveɪ] N (Hist) (= reception) → besamanos m inv, recepción f

levee

2 [ˈlevɪ] N (= bank) → ribero m, dique m

levee

1
n (Hist) (on awakening) → Lever nt; (at British court) → Nachmittagsempfang m

levee

2
nDamm m, → Deich m

levee

[ˈlɛvɪ] n (esp Am) → argine m
References in periodicals archive ?
Last year's record-breaking Mississippi floods and the controlled opening of the Morganza Spillway to divert water offered an opportunity to study how flooding occurred before dams and levees were constructed and to compare the speed and rate of sediment expulsion of a leveed river with a wider flood.
Whereas in the Mississippi channel, where all the waters were totally leveed, you could see from satellite images this sort of fire hose of water that pushed the sediment from the river far off shore [at right in image, below].
In many areas, the floodwaters filled historic (but now leveed off) floodplains 10 to 30 miles wide.