or re·guard·ant


adjective Heraldry.

(of a beast) looking backward: a stag regardant.

Origin of regardant

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French, present participle of regarder to regard
Related formsun·re·gard·ant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regardant

Historical Examples of regardant

  • Here, if any where, we should expect52 the term 'regardant,' but it is not forthcoming.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • On the other hand, 'regardant' is used quite independently of villainage.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • Or, two lions azure, regardant combatant, their tails couped.'

    Beechcroft at Rockstone

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The unicorn (regardant on either side of the device) appears for the first time in an English mark.

    Printers' Marks

    William Roberts

  • He moved towards the little door out of the department into the house, moving, as heralds say, regardant passant.


    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for regardant



(usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) shown looking backwards over its shoulder

Word Origin for regardant

C15: from Old French; see regard
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