from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The practice of marrying the widow of one's childless brother to maintain his line, as required by ancient Hebrew law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having to do with one's husband's brother.
- n. A marriage between a widow and her deceased husband's brother or, sometimes, heir.
- n. The institution of levirate marriage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with, a law of the ancient Israelites and other tribes and races, according to which a woman, whose husband died without issue, was married to the husband's brother.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The institution of marriage between a man and the widow of his brother or nearest kinsman under certain circumstances.
- Of or pertaining to the levirate: as, levirate marriage; levirate law.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line
From Latin lēvir, husband's brother; see daiwer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lēvir ("husband's brother, brother-in-law") + -ate (Wiktionary)