Other forms: revenants

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
  1. noun
    a person who returns after a lengthy absence
  2. noun
    someone who has returned from the dead
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    type of:
    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
  3. adjective
    of or relating to or typical of a revenant
    revenant shrieks and groans”
  4. adjective
    coming back
    “a revenant ghost”
    synonyms: recurring
    occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series




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