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Levis

Levis

See also: levis, Lévis, and Levi's

English

Noun

Levis pl (plural only)

  1. descendants of the Israelite tribe of Levi; Levites
    As the Cohens are descendants of the Tribe of Priests, so the Levis are the tribal descendants of the Levites.
  2. alternative spelling for Levi’s, a brand of blue jeans

Anagrams

levis

levis

See also: Levis, Lévis, and Levi's

Esperanto

Verb

levis

  1. past of levi

Ido

Verb

levis

  1. past of levar

Latin

Etymology 1

From Proto-Italic *leɣʷis (with possible contamination from *breɣʷis), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lengʰwih₂-, from *h₁lengʰu-, from *h₁lengʷʰ- (light). Cognates include Sanskrit लघु (laghú), Ancient Greek ἐλαφρός (elaphrós) and ἐλαχύς (elakhús) and Old English lēoht (English light).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈle.wis/, [ˈɫɛ.wɪs]

Adjective

levis m, f (neuter leve); third declension

  1. light (not heavy)
  2. quick, swift
  3. fickle
  4. dispensable
  5. trivial, trifling
    • c. 50 CE, Seneca the Younger, Phaedra, 607
      Curae leues locuntur, ingentes stupent.
      Trivial concerns talk, great ones are speechless.
Inflection

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative levis leve levēs levia
genitive levis levium
dative levī levibus
accusative levem leve levēs levia
ablative levī levibus
vocative levis leve levēs levia
Antonyms
Derived terms
Descendants

Etymology 2

From Ancient Greek λεῖος (leîos, smooth, plain, level, hairless, soft), from Proto-Indo-European *ley-w-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *(s)ley- (slime, slimy, sticky).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈleː.wis/, [ˈɫeː.wɪs]

Adjective

lēvis m, f (neuter lēve); third declension

  1. smooth, smoothed
  2. (substantive) smoothness
Alternative forms
Inflection

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative lēvis lēve lēvēs lēvia
genitive lēvis lēvium
dative lēvī lēvibus
accusative lēvem lēve lēvēs lēvia
ablative lēvī lēvibus
vocative lēvis lēve lēvēs lēvia
Related terms

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