1. an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
  2. Geology. natural levee.
  3. Agriculture. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
  4. History/Historical. a landing place for ships; quay.

verb (used with object), lev·eed, lev·ee·ing.

  1. to furnish with a levee: to levee a treacherous stream.

noun US

  1. an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
  2. an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
  3. a landing place on a river; quay


  1. a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
  2. (in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon

n.2“morning assembly held by a prince or king (upon rising from bed),” 1670s, from French lever “a raising,” noun use of verb meaning “to raise” (see levee (n.1)). n.11719, “natural or artificial embankment to prevent overflow of a river,” from New Orleans French levée “raising, lifting; embankment,” from French, originally fem. past participle of lever “to raise,” from Latin levare “to raise” (see lever).

  1. A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
  2. An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.

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