Definition of guardant in English:

guardant

Syllabification: guard·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈgärdnt
 
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adjective

[usually postpositive] Heraldry
  • (Especially of an animal) depicted with the body sideways and the face toward the viewer: three lions passant guardant
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    • This design is blazoned as ‘Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or,’ and it is still the coat of arms of England today.
    • Between 1405 and 1603 the Royal Arms of England were Quarterly, France Modern and England; three fleur-de-lis in the 1st and 4th quarters, and three lions passant guardant in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
    • The lion passant guardant appears in various places; the renderings of it in the Palatine Chapel completed before 1143 antedate this symbol's presumed use by the King of England.

Origin

late 16th century: from French gardant 'guarding', from garder 'to guard'.

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