One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A supernatural being or agency; an apparition.
- ‘Although ‘it may not be quite prudent’ to meddle in the supernatural realm lest some ‘formidable visitants’ be aroused, eventually Professor Parkins cannot resist the temptation.’
- ‘Swedenborg's angelic guardians were often dispatched to protect dreamers from the infestation of evil spirits, and these visitants answered to the description given such beings, down to the colors of their robes.’
- ‘She asked him to notify her when his visitant returned, so that they could verify whether he really was the archangel Gabriel or an ordinary demon.’
- ‘… This incident had a curious effect on me; it impressed me as if the bird had been a spiritual visitant - so strange was it that this little wild thing should seem to ask our hospitality ’.’
- ‘Long before the first appearance of this film's visitant, and the ensuing moments of terror that repeat themselves with every one of its whispering advent, one gets the impression that this just might be a spook flick with a difference.’
- 1.1archaic A visitor or guest.
guests, a guest, visitors, a visitor, callers, a caller, people, someoneView synonyms
- ‘Neither is a regular visitant to the green leather benches; but, prompted by their ‘consciences’ (clearly, the pantomime season is upon us), they joined the gay pride march through the Ayes lobby last Monday night.’
- ‘The following spring she told her husband: ‘I had rather more than an hundred visitants last night, but the apartment held them with ease, and the highest compliments were paid to the house and elegance of the apartments.’’
- ‘On the conclusion of his remarks, enthusiastic cheers, the thunder of cannon, and the peals of bells welcomed the visitants to the town.’
- ‘Liverpool's roll call of distinguished and discerning visitants is impressive.’
- ‘An ironic story crops up where an unbelieving temple visitant who left cured, despite her disbelief, was requested to leave as her offering a silver pig ‘as a testament to her stupidity.’’
- 1.2Ornithology A visitor.
- ‘It seems that the east winds have spread waders all around Madeira but it also brought a rare visitant warbler’
Paying a visit.‘the housekeeper was abrupt with the poor visitant niece’
Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin visitant- ‘going to see’, from the verb visitare (see visit).
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