[ rev-uh-nuh nt ]
/ ˈrɛv ə nənt /


a person who returns.
a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost.

Origin of revenant

1820–30; < French: ghost, noun use of present participle of revenir to return, equivalent to re- re- + ven(ir) to come (< Latin venīre) + -ant -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for revenant


/ (ˈrɛvɪnənt) /


something, esp a ghost, that returns

Word Origin for revenant

C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come back, from Latin revenīre, from re- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for revenant



1827, from French revenant (fem. revenante), noun use of present participle of revenir "to return" (see revenue).

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