passant

adjective
pas·​sant | \ ˈpa-sᵊnt How to pronounce passant (audio) \

Definition of passant

: walking with the farther forepaw raised used of a heraldic animal

First Known Use of passant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passant

Middle English passaunt, from Anglo-French passant, from present participle of passer to pass

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about passant

Time Traveler for passant

Time Traveler

The first known use of passant was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for passant

Cite this Entry

“Passant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passant. Accessed 10 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on passant

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with passant

Comments on passant

What made you want to look up passant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to state or do over again or repeatedly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!