Early 17th century: perhaps from Levant: compare with French faire voile en Levant 'be stolen or spirited away', literally 'set sail for the Levant'.
Words that rhyme with levantant, Brabant, Brandt, brant, cant, enceinte, extant, gallant, Kant, pant, pointe, pointes, rant, scant
Late 15th century: from French, literally 'rising', present participle of lever 'to lift' used as a noun in the sense 'point of sunrise, east'.
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