nounchiefly • literary
- 1A supernatural being or agency; an apparition.More example sentences
- 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.
- … 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 ’.
- 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.
- 1.1 • archaic A visitor or guest.More example sentences
- On the conclusion of his remarks, enthusiastic cheers, the thunder of cannon, and the peals of bells welcomed the visitants to the town.
- 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.’
- 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.
- 1.2 Ornithology A visitor.More example sentences
- It seems that the east winds have spread waders all around Madeira but it also brought a rare visitant warbler
adjective• archaic or • literary Back to top
late 16th century: from French, or from Latin visitant- 'going to see', from the verb visitare (see visit).
More definitions of visitantDefinition of visitant in:
- The British & World English dictionary