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passant

[ pas-uhnt ]

adjective

, Heraldry.
  1. (of a beast) represented as in the act of walking, with one forepaw raised.


passant

/ ˈpæsənt /

adjective

  1. usually postpositive heraldry (of a beast) walking, with the right foreleg raised


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Word History and Origins

Origin of passant1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of passer to pass; -ant
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Word History and Origins

Origin of passant1

C14: from Old French, present participle of passer to pass
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Example Sentences

I may remark, en passant, that there is a large proportion of German population throughout Ohio.

A workman may be honest to a certain extent, and venture in, en passant, to papa Desnoyers's.

J'admire vos talens; je m'amuse de vos rveries qui (soit dit en passant) vous occupent trop et trop longtemps.

Some places are like some women, charming, en passant, but intolerable upon close acquaintance.

Mr. Pike did not reach the fort till the next morning about ten, I will say en passant.

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