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guar·​dant ˈgär-dᵊnt How to pronounce guardant (audio)
: having the head turned toward the spectator
used of a heraldic animal whose body is seen from the side
a lion passant guardant


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Examples of guardant in a Sentence

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There are the three heraldic lions passant guardant—striding, with heads turned toward the viewer—that have been included on the royal arms of England since the late twelfth century. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022

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Word History



Middle French gardant, present participle of garder to guard, look at

First Known Use


1572, in the meaning defined above


1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guardant was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Guardant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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