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19th century. From French revenant, the present participle of revenir (“to return"). Compare revenue.
French from present participle of revenir to return from Old French revenue
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
To celebrate Halloween, I'm going to dress as a revenant and try to scare my little sister.
In Medieval European literature featuring the undead, the presence of a revenant indicates the spread of disease among the living.
The last time I watched a zombie movie before bed, I had a nightmare about being chased by a revenant.
I'm more interested in live people and guests in Bird Song, not some revenant.
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