from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An embankment raised to prevent a river from overflowing.
- n. A small ridge or raised area bordering an irrigated field.
- n. A landing place on a river; a pier.
- transitive v. To provide with a levee.
- n. A reception held, as by royalty, upon arising from bed.
- n. A formal reception, as at a royal court.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of rising; getting up, especially in the morning after rest.
- n. A reception of visitors held after getting up.
- n. A formal reception, especially one given by royalty or other leaders.
- n. An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi.
- n. The steep bank of a river, or border of an irrigated field.
- n. A pier or other landing place on a river.
- v. To keep within a channel by means of levees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of rising.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To attend the levee or levees of.
- n. An embankment to prevent inundation; ; sometimes, the steep bank of a river.
- transitive v. To keep within a channel by means of levees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An embankment on the margin of a river, to confine it within its natural channel: as, the levees of the Mississippi.
- n. Hence A landing-place for vessels; a quay, pier, or landing-stage.
- To embank: as, to levee a river.
- n. The act or time of rising.
- n. A morning reception held by a prince or great personage; a morning assembly.
- n. A general or miscellaneous assemblage of guests, without reference to the time of day; a reception: as, the president's levee.
- To attend the levee of; fasten one's self on, or pester, at levees.
- n. In irrigation, one of the small continuous ridges of earth surrounding the fields, or compartments, of land that is to be irrigated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pier that provides a landing place on a river
- n. an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
- n. a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)
French levée, from Old French levee, from feminine past participle of lever, to raise; see lever.
From French lever, a rising, from Old French, from lever, to raise, rise; see lever.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French levé ("risen"). (Wiktionary)
From French levée, from lever ("to raise, rise"). (Wiktionary)