levee
I. noun Etymology: French lever, from Middle French, act of arising, from (se) lever to rise Date: 1672 1. a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed 2. an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men 3. a reception usually in honor of a particular person II. noun Etymology: French levée, from Old French, act of raising, from lever to raise — more at lever Date: circa 1720 1. a. an embankment for preventing flooding b. a river landing place ; pier 2. a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded III. transitive verb (leveed; leveeing) Date: 1832 to provide with a levee

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Synonyms:
/ , , , / (by a prince or great personage) / (along a river to prevent inundation)


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