Levantine


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le·vant

 (lə-vănt′)
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

 (lə-vănt′)
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

 (lə-vănt′)
n.
A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding. Also called Levant morocco.

[After the Levant1.]

levantine

(ˈlɛvənˌtaɪn)
n
(Textiles) a cloth of twilled silk

Levantine

(ˈlɛvənˌtaɪn)
adj
(Placename) of or relating to the Levant
n
(Peoples) (esp formerly) an inhabitant of the Levant

Le•van•tine

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

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the Levant.
n.
2. a native or inhabitant of the Levant.
[1640–50]
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"
Translations

Levantine

[ˈlevəntaɪn]
A. ADJlevantino
B. Nlevantino/a m/f

Levantine

adjlevantinisch
n (= person)Levantiner(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
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.
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."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to halt the transfer of weapons to the Levantine state because of Hezbollah's presence.
LAAF's resident storyteller, Alia Alzougbi, will keep kids spellbound as she shares folk tales from the Arab world and, weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to learn how to Dabke - a native Levantine folk dance.
The promotion includes Italian meals at Brioso in Crowne Plaza Dubai, Levantine cuisine at Nama in InterContinental Fujairah Resort and gourmet food at Stock Burger Co.
And one of the new joints to try out in this neighbourhood is Alfeniq, a Levantine restaurant that successfully blends popular dishes from Syria and Lebanon.