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visitant

[viz-i-tuh nt]
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noun
  1. a temporary resident; visitor; guest.
  2. a visitor to a place of religious or sight-seeing interest; pilgrim.
  3. a being believed to come from the spirit world: a ghostly visitant.
  4. something, as a mood, feeling, emotion, etc., that overtakes a person from time to time: Melancholy is an occasional visitant to all.
  5. a migratory bird that has come to a place temporarily.
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adjective
  1. visiting; paying a visit.
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Origin of visitant

First recorded in 1590–1600, visitant is from the Latin word vīsitant- (stem of vīsitāns). See visit, -ant

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1. See visitor.
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Examples from the Web for visitant

Historical Examples

  • Amidst this confusion of tongues I take another survey of my visitant.

    Yankee Gypsies

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • "I have no objection to a death-bed repentance," observed the visitant.

  • I shrieked, as I tried to press him against me, to my visitant.

  • She already regards me as though I were a visitant from the other world.

    The Fixed Period

    Anthony Trollope

  • The Hermit Thrush is a common migrant or winter visitant in Coahuila.


British Dictionary definitions for visitant

visitant

noun
  1. a supernatural being; ghost; apparition
  2. a visitor or guest, usually from far away
  3. a pilgrim or tourist
  4. Also called: visitor a migratory bird that is present in a particular region only at certain timesa summer visitant
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adjective
  1. archaic paying a visit; visiting
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin vīsitāns going to see, from vīsitāre; see visit
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