(French) lever, from lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever, noun
1. The act of rising. " The sun's levee." Gray.2. A morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in distinction from a soirée, or evening assembly; a matinée; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime or evening; as, the president's levee.Note: In England a ceremonious day reception, when attended by both ladies and gentlemen, is called a drawing-room.
(French) levée, from lever to raise. See Lever, and confer Levy.
To attend the levee or levees of. He levees all the great. Young.
An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river. [United States]
To keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a river. [United States]
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(embankment): dike, floodwall
levee (plural levees) An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi. (US) The steep bank of a river, or border of an irrigated field. (US) A pier or other landing place on a river.
levee (third-person singular simple present levees, present participle leveeing, simple past and past participle leveed) (US, transitive) To keep within a channel by means of levees. to levee a river
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