Definition of passe-volant in English:

passe-volant

noun

historical
  • Military. A man temporarily hired as a pretend or dummy soldier in order to supply a deficiency at the muster or on the roll of a company or regiment.

Origin

Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French, French passe-volant from passe- + volant flying.

Pronunciation

passe-volant

/ˈpasˌvəʊlənt/