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Definition of "passant" [pas•sant]

  • Heraldry Being a beast facing and walking toward the viewer's left with one front leg raised. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "passant" in a sentence
  • "_Combatant_: when back to back, they are _Addorsed_: when passant or salient in contrary directions, they are _Counter passant_ or _Counter salient_."
  • "The man who wore it had his heraldic device embroidered in vivid colours on his breast—a chevron and a stag passant, the scutcheon supported by a branch of olive dexter and a stag’s horn sinister."
  • "It was never offered as a legal rebuttal to the NJ decision; it was an en passant summary (and a pretty accurate one at that) and nothing more."