[ voh-luhnt ]
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  1. engaged in or having the power of flight.

  2. moving lightly; nimble.

  1. Heraldry. (of a bird) represented as having the wings extended for flight: an eagle volant clutching a fish in its claws.

  1. Also called volant piece .Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.

Origin of volant

First recorded in 1540–50; from French, present participle of voler “to fly,” from Latin volāre; see -ant

Other words from volant

  • non·vo·lant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for volant


/ (ˈvəʊlənt) /

  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position

  2. rare flying or capable of flight

  1. poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble

Origin of volant

C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre

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