Heraldry having the face fully turned toward the observer: a lion guardant
Origin of guardantFrench gardant, present participle of garder: see guard
Positioned so that the head is turned toward the viewer. Used of an animal depicted so that its body is viewed from the side.
Origin of guardantObsolete French, from Old French guardant, gardant, present participle of garder, to guard; see guard.
- (obsolete) A guardian.
Old French guardant, present participle of guarder.