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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′)
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.]
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]
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]
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)
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]
A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
Leveea reception of ten held in the morning; any miscellaneous gathering of guests, 1672.
Example: levees of ministers, 1874.
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|Noun||1.||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|
|3.||levee - 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