Definition of naiant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪənt/


[postpositive] Heraldry
(Of a fish or marine creature) swimming horizontally.
Example sentences
  • Badge for the Barony of the Far West - Gules, a dolphin embowed naiant argent through an annulet Or.
  • Fish are in general naiant by default; the exception are the crustaceans, which are tergaint by default.
  • Sometimes it is emblazoned naiant embowed where the fish forms an ‘arch’.


Mid 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French noiant 'swimming', present participle of noier, from Latin natare 'to swim'.

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