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or gar·dant

adjective Heraldry.
  1. (of an animal) depicted full-faced but with the body seen from the side: a lion guardant.
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Origin of guardant

1565–75; < French gardant, present participle of garder. See guard, -ant
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Historical Examples

  • A waiter in full bloom appeared at the end of the passage, guardant.

    The Wheels of Chance

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for guardant



  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) shown full face
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Word Origin

C16: from French gardant guarding, from garder to guard
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