Definition of ravissant in English:

ravissant

adjective

(also ravissante)
  • 1Heraldry
    As postpositive. In the half-raised posture of a wolf beginning to spring upon its prey.

    The posture of a ‘wolf ravissant’ corresponds to that of a ‘lion salient’.

  • 2 rare Ravishing, delightful.

    Chiefly in imitation of French.

Pronunciation

ravissant

/ˌravɪˈsɒ̃/ /ˌravɪˈsɑːnt/

Origin

Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally from Anglo-Norman and Old French ravisant, ravisaunt, ravissant, ravissaunt (French ravissant) rapacious, voracious, use as adjective of present participle of ravir.