Etymology
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Levant

"Mediterranean lands east of Italy," especially the coastal region and islands of Asia Minor, Syria, and Lebanon, late 15c., from French levant "the Orient" (12c.), from present participle of lever "to rise" (from Latin levare "to raise," from PIE root *legwh- "not heavy, having little weight"). So called because the region was (from Western Europe) in the direction of sunrise. Related: Levanter.

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Definitions of Levant
1
levant (v.)
run off without paying a debt;
2
Levant (n.)
a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding;
Synonyms: Levant morocco
Levant (n.)
the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel;
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