Heraldry walking with the head forward and the forepaw farther from the viewer raised: a lion passant
Origin of passantMiddle English (only in sense “excelling, passing”) from Old French from present participle of passer, pass
Being a beast facing and walking toward the viewer's left with one front leg raised.
Origin of passantMiddle English from Old French present participle of passer to pass ; see pass .
From Anglo-Norman passant, Middle French passant.