Definition of Levite in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈliːvʌɪt/


A member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, especially of that part of it which provided assistants to the priests in the worship in the Jewish temple.
Example sentences
  • The Kohanim and Levites served in the Temple, and three times a year - during the holidays of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot - all Jews were commanded to come to Jerusalem and visit the Temple.
  • It is preferable that the Sanhedrin contain Kohen-priests and Levites as members.
  • During this time, the Levites sang Hallel, repeating it several times until all had finished slaughtering.


Middle English: from late Latin levita, from Greek leuitēs, from Hebrew Lēwī 'Levi'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Le¦vite

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.