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.