There are 2 main definitions of levee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛvi
 
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noun

1An embankment built to prevent the overflow of a river.
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  • Construction of levees and embankments prevents the floodplain from performing this function and transfers the problem further downstream to areas which were not subject to flooding.
  • Engineers determined that the levees bordering the Mississippi River as it passes through the city were sufficient to withstand any surge produced by an SPH.
  • Yet the marketplace remained relatively calm, appreciating that the authorities were apparently still operating on the dykes, dams and levees up the river.
1.1A ridge of sediment deposited naturally alongside a river by overflowing water.
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  • Marshland, containing cattails, bulrushes, and other reeds, would have been limited to the borders of the wooded ridges of levees, where the water level was consistently below the surface.
  • Transects were separated by 50 paces and most transects extended entirely over the attenuated crown of the natural levee of each forest avoiding any noticeable elevation gradient.
  • Yet as the levees channeled the water, they also kept fresh soil carried by the muddy Mississippi from replenishing the sediments that made up the lowlands.
1.2North American A landing place; a quay.
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  • The men created a world of their own on the docks, levees, plantation landings, city quays, and steamboat decks of the Mississippi River economy.

Origin

early 18th century (originally US): from French levée, feminine past participle of lever 'to lift'.

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There are 2 main definitions of levee in English:

levee2

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛvi
 
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noun

1 archaic or North American A formal reception of visitors or guests: the great stop on the Washington social circuit was the diplomat’s levee
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  • In other words, he was responsible for formal receptions - known as levees - and dinners.
1.1 historical An afternoon assembly for men held by the British monarch or their representative: he was presented at one of Prince Albert’s levees in 1850
1.2 archaic A reception of visitors just after rising from bed.

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a reception of visitors after rising from bed): from French levé, variant of lever 'rising', from the verb lever.

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