What does the word levant mean?

Usage examples for levant

  1. Coming all that way: Spain, Gibraltar, Mediterranean, the Levant. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  2. Alexandria is fast becoming a European city; but its Europeans are from Greece and the Levant! – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  3. The mistake, therefore, was not unnatural, seeing that these towns conducted a great trade with the Levant, while the fact that America when first discovered was identified with India helped to increase the confusion. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others