- a person who returns.
- a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost.
Origin of revenant
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Examples from the Web for revenant
That is true, Monsieur; he has been often taken for a revenant.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
It is by the strength of the revenant, by the return of his soul into his body?The Phantom World
You are now one of us; a revenant, even as I, and to live you must feed on the living.Each Man Kills
Like that shadowy majesty of Denmark, our dramatic author was a "revenant."
But there is no doubt that the majority of us would prefer encountering a human rather than a four-footed "revenant."Stranger Than Fiction
Mary L. Lewes
- something, esp a ghost, that returns
C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come back, from Latin revenīre, from re- + venīre to come
Word Origin and History for revenant
1827, from French revenant (fem. revenante), noun use of present participle of revenir "to return" (see revenue).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper