Definitions

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.
  • Current.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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  • In heraldry: Of a four-legged animal: walking (usually towards the dexter or right) and looking ahead, with three paws on the ground and the dexter forepaw raised.

    February 5, 2007