Use the word revenant to talk about someone who returns after a long absence. If your cat goes missing for weeks, only to stroll back into your house one morning, you could describe him as a revenant.

Anyone who comes back after being gone for a long time can be described as revenant, which can be a noun or an adjective. You can even use revenant to talk about ghosts, in that they are said to be spirits of those returning from the dead, or a fashion trend from long ago that is popular again, like revenant tie-dye t-shirts. The word revenant comes from the French revenir, which means "to return."

Definitions of revenant

n a person who returns after a lengthy absence

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n someone who has returned from the dead

Type of:
the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

adj of or relating to or typical of a revenant

revenant shrieks and groans”

adj coming back

“a revenant ghost”
occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series

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