Lev"ee (?), n. [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See Lever, n.]

1.

The act of rising.

" The sun's levee."

Gray.

2.

A morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in distinction from a soir'ee, or evening assembly; a matin'ee; hence, also, any general or somewhat miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime or evening; as, the president's levee.

⇒ In England a ceremonious day reception, when attended by both ladies and gentlemen, is called a drawing-room.

 

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Lev"ee, v. t.

To attend the levee or levees of.

He levees all the great. Young.

 

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Lev"ee, n. [F. lev'ee, fr. lever to raise. See Lever, and cf. Levy.]

An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river.

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Lev"ee, v. t.

To keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a river.

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