orant

noun

ˈōrənt
variants or orante
ōˈran‧(ˌ)tē
plural -s
1
: a female figure in the posture of prayer in ancient Greek art
2
: a usually female figure standing with outstretched arms as if in prayer used in early Christian art as a symbol of the faithful dead

Word History

Etymology

orant from Medieval Latin or New Latin orant-, orans, from Latin, present participle of orare to pray; orante from Italian, from Medieval Latin or New Latin orant-, orans

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“Orant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orant. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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