Definition of revenant
: one that returns after death or a long absence
Recent Examples of revenant from the Web
But in its best moments the piece conjures strange revenants from a still unquiet past.
His most recent film, Crimson Peak (2015), is a Victorian ghost story, which suggests a certain gentility, but there’s nothing genteel about del Toro’s revenants, nothing wispy or discreet.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'revenant'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of revenant
French, from present participle of revenir to return
First Known Use: 1818
Learn More about revenant
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up revenant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).