couch·​ant ˈkau̇-chənt How to pronounce couchant (audio)
: lying down especially with the head up
a heraldic lion couchant

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French cuchant, from present participle of coucher

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couchant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Couchant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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