What does "levees" mean in this paragraph quoted from The Three Musketeers (chapeter II, Penguin, translated by Richard Pevear)? Checked dictionaries and googled but I am still confused.
Louis XIV absorbed all the lesser stars of his court in his own vast radiance; but his father, a sun pluribus impar,*14 allowed each of his favorites his own personal splendor, each of his courtiers his own individual worth. Besides the king’s levee and the cardinal’s, they counted in Paris then more than two hundred lesser levees that were somewhat select. Among those two hundred lesser levees, that of Tréville was one of the most frequented.