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[viz-i-tuh nt] /ˈvɪz ɪ tənt/
a temporary resident; visitor; guest.
a visitor to a place of religious or sight-seeing interest; pilgrim.
a being believed to come from the spirit world:
a ghostly visitant.
something, as a mood, feeling, emotion, etc., that overtakes a person from time to time:
Melancholy is an occasional visitant to all.
a migratory bird that has come to a place temporarily.
visiting; paying a visit.
Origin of visitant
First recorded in 1590-1600, visitant is from the Latin word vīsitant- (stem of vīsitāns). See visit, -ant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • visitant seems now to be going out of use, visitor being used in both senses.

    Practical Exercises in English Huber Gray Buehler
  • The Prairie Falcon is an uncommon winter visitant in Coahuila.

  • He then returned to the Golden Lamb, and waited there for his first visitant; the minstrel.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Sage Thrasher seems to be a winter visitant to Coahuila.

  • A little more than six years after this, there came a visitant of a rare and heart-gladdening kind, namely, a parcel of books.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • The Hermit Thrush is a common migrant or winter visitant in Coahuila.

  • While the master of the house stood rooted to the floor, the visitant accomplished his exit, unchallenged and unattended.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • Audubon's Warbler is a common winter visitant and migrant in Coahuila.

  • He thought of it somewhat as a man thinks of Death, as his neighbor's visitant not as his own.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • The Lark Bunting is an uncommon winter visitant in Coahuila.

British Dictionary definitions for visitant


a supernatural being; ghost; apparition
a visitor or guest, usually from far away
a pilgrim or tourist
Also called visitor. a migratory bird that is present in a particular region only at certain times: a summer visitant
(archaic) paying a visit; visiting
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vīsitāns going to see, from vīsitāre; see visit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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