levee

Part of speech: noun

An embankment beside a stream, to prevent overflow; wharf.

Part of speech: noun

A morning reception; also, a general reception at any hour.

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Usage examples "levee":

  1. In my anxiety upon the subject, I communicated my wishes to a friend on the duke's staff, and the following morning, as I presented myself at his levee, he called me towards him and addressed me:- " What leave have you got, Captain O'Malley?" - "Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)", Charles Lever.
  2. I soon learned that a contractor on the levee, who had a lot of men down on deck, had lost his money playing poker with one of the gamblers, and he was going to have it back or he would bring up his men and take it by force. - "Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi", George H. Devol.
  3. But Mr. Levee, the merchant, falling into misfortunes by some of his correspondents' failures, withdrew from his family into Holland; and this son John being taken by the French Society, in order to be put out apprentice and provided for, being induced thereto by the boy's natural vivacity and warmth of temper in which he had been foolishly encouraged, they sent him to sea with a captain of a man- of- war. - "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.