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[rev-uh-nuh nt] /ˈrɛv ə nənt/
a person who returns.
a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost.
Origin of revenant
1820-30; < French: ghost, noun use of present participle of revenir to return, equivalent to re- re- + ven(ir) to come (< Latin venīre) + -ant -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for revenant
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  • Somehow, the idea of a revenant Beta curve didn't make up for the basic loss.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It is by the strength of the revenant, by the return of his soul into his body?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Now, when she thought of him at all, it was as of some revenant of kindly countenance from a half-forgotten dream.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • You are now one of us; a revenant, even as I, and to live you must feed on the living.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • No one present, then no revenant or spook, or astral body, or hallucination: what's in a name?

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • Like that shadowy majesty of Denmark, our dramatic author was a "revenant."

  • That is true, Monsieur; he has been often taken for a revenant.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • But there is no doubt that the majority of us would prefer encountering a human rather than a four-footed "revenant."

    Stranger Than Fiction Mary L. Lewes
  • “It might account for her seeing this revenant cavalier in any passenger,” said Lauzun, not satisfied yet.

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The "Gallery" is for us now a revenant of a past and somewhat impossible generation.

British Dictionary definitions for revenant


something, esp a ghost, that returns
Word Origin
C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come back, from Latin revenīre, from re- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for revenant

1827, from French revenant (fem. revenante), noun use of present participle of revenir "to return" (see revenue).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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