[voh-luh nt]
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  1. Also called volant piece. Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.

Origin of volant

1500–10; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre; see -ant
Related formsnon·vo·lant, adjective
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  1. (usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
  2. rare flying or capable of flight
  3. poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble

Word Origin for volant

C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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Word Origin and History for volant

"flying," c.1500, from Middle French, from Latin volantem (nominative volans), present participle of volare "to fly," of unknown origin. French voler, literally "to fly," in 16c. acquired a sense of "to steal," via the transitive meaning "to make fly."

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