[ kou-chuhnt ]

  1. lying down; crouching.

  2. Heraldry. (of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.

Origin of couchant

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French, present participle of coucher to lay or lie. See couch, -ant

Words Nearby couchant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use couchant in a sentence

  • It has his effigy in armour, with an ermined mantle, his feet leaning against a lion couchant.

    East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
  • They saw the great cathedral lying couchant above the plain.

    Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
  • They are weak sops to our tame lion couchant offered in doubtful fear and trembling.

    The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
  • The two huge couchant lions at either end of the steps are of much later date than these.

    Cathedral Cities of Italy | William Wiehe Collins
  • Occasionally, as in the crest of Marwood, the ram will be found couchant.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry | Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

British Dictionary definitions for couchant


/ (ˈkaʊtʃənt) /

  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry in a lying position: a lion couchant

Origin of couchant

C15: from French: lying, from Old French coucher to lay down; see couch

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