Definition of passant in English:



  • [usually postpositive] (of an animal) represented as walking, with the right front foot raised. The animal is depicted in profile facing the dexter side with the tail raised, unless otherwise specified (e.g. as ‘passant guardant’).

    • ‘It has three gold lions on a red background, walking with their heads turned to face out from the shield, or, in heraldic language ‘Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or.’’
    • ‘Notice the maker's mark is missing and that the lion passant mark is eroded in a peculiar fashion not consistent with normal wear’
    • ‘This design is blazoned as ‘Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or,’ and it is still the coat of arms of England today.’
    • ‘Drawing near, Bruetar gently tied a piece of fine cloth embroidered with his sigil - a passant black dragon - around her upper arm.’
    • ‘It is therefore important when examining a slaver on foot to see that it is struck with the obligatory lion passant or leopard's head erased mark.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, literally proceeding, present participle of passer.