Definition of pont-levis in English:

pont-levis

noun

  • A drawbridge.

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in William Caxton (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat. Originally from Middle French pont-levis drawbridge from pont + levis able to be moved up and down from post-classical Latin levaticius from classical Latin levāt-, past participial stem of levāre to raise + -īcius.

Pronunciation

pont-levis

/ˌpɒn(t)ˈlɛvi/