Definition of néant in US English:

néant

noun

  • Nothingness, emptiness.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From French néant non-being (1647 in Descartes; 1170 in Old French in sense ‘illusion’, late 12th cent. in Old French in sense ‘emptiness, godlessness’; earlier as adverb in sense ‘not at all’, and as pronoun in negations in sense ‘nothing’), of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

néant

/ˈneɪɑːnt/