Levite
noun Date: 14th century a member of the priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi; specifically a Levite of non-Aaronic descent assigned to lesser ceremonial offices under the Levitical priests of the family of Aaron

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  • LÉVITE — Terme par lequel la Bible désigne ceux qui appartiennent à la tribu de Lévi, troisième fils de Jacob. Moïse et Aaron étaient issus de cette tribu. Chargés du service divin, les lévites n’eurent pas de portion prévue lors du partage de la Terre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lévite — 1. (lé vi t ) s. m. Israélite de la tribu de Lévi, destiné au service du temple ; Lévi était fils de Jacob. •   Les lévites seront obligés de se trouver dès le matin pour chanter les louanges du Seigneur, et ils le feront aussi le soir, SACI… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Levite — Le vite (l[=e] v[imac]t), n. [L. Levites, Gr. Leyi: ths, fr. Heb. Levi, one of the sons of Jacob.] 1. (Bib. Hist.) One of the tribe or family of Levi; a descendant of Levi; esp., one subordinate to the priests (who were of the same tribe) and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levite — [lē′vīt΄] n. [LL(Ec) Levites < Gr(Ec) Leuitēs < Heb lēwī: see LEVI] Bible any member of the tribe of Levi, chosen to assist the priests in the Temple: Num. 18:6 …   English World dictionary

  • Levite — In the Jewish tradition, a Levite (). Kohath s son Amram was the father of Miriam, Aaron and Moses. The descendants of Aaron: the Kohanim ( Priests ), had the special role as priests in the Tabernacle in the wilderness and also in the Temple in… …   Wikipedia

  • Levite — /lee vuyt/, n. 1. a member of the tribe of Levi. 2. a descendant of Levi, esp. one appointed to assist the priests in the temple or tabernacle. [1250 1300; ME < LL Levita < Gk Leuítes Levite, equiv. to Leuí ( < Heb Levi Levi, Levite) + tes… …   Universalium

  • Levite — Le•vite [[t]ˈli vaɪt[/t]] n. 1) bib jud a member of the tribe of Levi, esp. one appointed to assist the Temple priests 2) jud+bib a descendant of the tribe of Levi, having honorific religious duties • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < LL Levīta <… …   From formal English to slang

  • Levite — Le|vite [le vi:t] die; , n <aus fr. lévite »langer Überrock (eines Priesters im kath. Levitenamt)«> (veraltet) sehr weites Frauengewand …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Levite — /ˈlivaɪt/ (say leevuyt) noun 1. a descendant of Levi; one of the tribe of Levi. 2. one of those who assisted the priests in the tabernacle and temple. {Middle English, from Latin levīta, levītes, from Greek levītēs, from Leuī Levite, from Hebrew} …   Australian English dictionary

  • LÉVITE — s. m. Israélite de la tribu de Lévi, destiné au service du temple. Les lévites avaient le second rang dans le service du temple …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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