- (of a beast) represented as in the act of walking, with one forepaw raised.
Origin of passant
Examples from the Web for passant
Historical Examples of passant
Me, passant, in the train, of the cabbage not quite so unconscious.The Book of Humorous Verse
Passant Guardant: as before, but looking out from the Shield, No. 174.
Coward: passant reguardant, his tail between his legs, No. 182.
Rampant or passant, they follow the customs of the unmaimed brute.
Passant oultre—one of Rabelais' favourite and most polymorphic expressions.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
- (usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) walking, with the right foreleg raised
Word Origin for passant
Word Origin and History for passant
late 14c., from Old French passant, present participle of passer (see pass (v.)).