pas·​sant ˈpa-sᵊnt How to pronounce passant (audio)
: walking with the farther forepaw raised
used of a heraldic animal

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Passant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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