from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate: an ardent lover.
- adj. Displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion; fervent: "an impassioned age, so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art” ( Walter Pater).
- adj. Burning; fiery.
- adj. Glowing; shining: ardent eyes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Full of ardor; fervent, passionate.
- adj. Burning; glowing; shining.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hot or burning; causing a sensation of burning; fiery
- adj. Having the appearance or quality of fire; fierce; glowing; shining.
- adj. Warm, applied to the passions and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- ; burning; redhot; hence, figuratively, causing a sensation of burning: as, an ardent fever.
- Inflammable; combustible: only in the phrase ardent spirits (which see, below).
- Having the appearance or quality of fire; flashing; fierce.
- Having glowing or fiery passions or affections: as applied to the emotions themselves, showing vehemence; passionate; affectionate; zealous: as, ardent love or vows; ardent zeal.
- Nautical, having a tendency to gripe or come quickly to the wind: said of certain ships.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. glowing or shining like fire
- adj. characterized by strong enthusiasm
- adj. characterized by intense emotion
Middle English ardaunt, from Old French ardant, from Latin ārdēns, ārdent-, present participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested circa 14th century, Middle English ardaunt, from Anglo-Norman ardent, from Old French ardant, from Latin ardentem, nominative of ardens, present participle of ardeō ("I burn"). (Wiktionary)