[rahy-uh nt, ree-; French ryahn]
- laughing; smiling; cheerful.
Origin of riant
1560–70; < French, present participle of rire to laugh ≪ Latin rīdēre; see -ant
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Examples from the Web for riant
Its spreading, riant beauty is hidden behind that little cliff.The Book of Khalid
The scene was rich and riant, the evening lovely, and the wine good.
Everything is riant, stirring, singing, in the world that I behold from my balcony.The Joy of Captain Ribot
Armando Palacio Valds
Contrary, kon′tra-ri, adj. opposite: contradictory—Contra′riant (rare).
Here in the riant and overflowing opulence of July, time without love's companionship was time wasted.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly</p>
- rare laughing; smiling; cheerful
C16: from French, from rire to laugh, from Latin rīdēre
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