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levee

embankment to prevent flooding: The levee might fail in hurricane conditions.
Not to be confused with:
levy – to impose a tax: to levy a duty on imports; the amount owed or collected; the conscription of troops

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