[rahy-uh nt, ree-; French ryahn]


laughing; smiling; cheerful.

Origin of riant

1560–70; < French, present participle of rire to laugh ≪ Latin rīdēre; see -ant
Related formsri·ant·ly, adverb
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rare laughing; smiling; cheerful
Derived Formsriantly, adverb

Word Origin for riant

C16: from French, from rire to laugh, from Latin rīdēre
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