[ awr-uh nt, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr ənt, ˈoʊr- /

noun Fine Arts.

a representation of a female figure, with outstretched arms and palms up in a gesture of prayer, in ancient and early Christian art.

Nearby words

  1. orangey,
  2. orangutan,
  3. orangy,
  4. oranian,
  5. orans,
  6. orante,
  7. orantes,
  8. oraria,
  9. orarion,
  10. orarium

Also o·ran·te [aw-ran-tee, oh-ran-] /ɔˈræn ti, oʊˈræn-/, orans.

Origin of orant

1895–1900; < Medieval Latin ōrant- (stem of ōrāns), present participle of ōrāre to plead. See oration, -ant

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for orante

  • A massive bronze ring has the bezel engraved with the figure of an orante; on the hoop is also a sigillum engraved with a cross.

    Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
  • The back has an Orante or Virgin in the centre, and male figures at the ends, with S-shaped striations between.

    The Shores of the Adriatic|F. Hamilton Jackson
  • Quæ statim mortua est; sed paulò pòst, orante Taurino ac jubente ut resurgeret, in nomine Domini resuscitata est.