from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Heraldry Being a beast facing and walking toward the viewer's left with one front leg raised.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Passing from one to another; in circulation; current.
- adj. Curs�ry, careless.
- adj. Surpassing; excelling.
- adj. Walking; -- said of any animal on an escutcheon, which is represented as walking with the dexter paw raised.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Walking; walking leisurely: in heraldry, said of a beast used as a bearing. The beast is always understood to hold the head straight and to look forward. See cut under counterchanged.
- Passing; transitory.
- Cursory; careless; without deliberation or reflection.
- Surpassing; excelling.
- n. One who passes or passes through or over.
- n. An open hem furnishing a sort of tube, through which a cord or ribbon can be passed.
- n. In numismatics, a figure on a coin in a walking position from right to left or from left to right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in walking position with right foreleg raised
Middle English, from Old French, present participle of passer, to pass; see pass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman passant, Middle French passant. (Wiktionary)