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[pas-uh nt]
adjective Heraldry.
  1. (of a beast) represented as in the act of walking, with one forepaw raised.
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Origin of passant

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of passer to pass; see -ant
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  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) walking, with the right foreleg raised
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Word Origin for passant

C14: from Old French, present participle of passer to pass
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Word Origin and History for passant


late 14c., from Old French passant, present participle of passer (see pass (v.)).

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