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ri·ant

 (rī′ənt, rē′-, rē-äN′)
adj.
Cheerful; mirthful.

[French, present participle of rire, to laugh, from Old French, from Latin rīdēre.]
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riant

(ˈraɪənt)
adj
rare laughing; smiling; cheerful
[C16: from French, from rire to laugh, from Latin rīdēre]
ˈriantly adv
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ri•ant

(ˈraɪ ənt, ˈri-; Fr. ryɑ̃)

adj.
laughing; smiling; cheerful.
[1560–70; < French, present participle of rire to laugh « Latin rīdēre; see -ant]
ri′ant•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.riant - showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness; "laughing children"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"
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Je ne sais pas encore comment cela va se passer, mais je ne vais pas prendre de pari la-dessus[beaucoup plus grand que], a dit en riant la selectionneuse Jill Ellis, qui vient de remporter deux Mondiaux de suite, egalant le record de l'entraineur italien Vittorio Pozzo dans les annees 30.
gdRt Twwg hTgt bddds Dim ond 5% o blant Corris sy'n dod o deuluoedd a'r ddau riant yn siarad Cymraeg ar yr aelwyd, felly roedd 'na waith codi hyder sawl un, ond yn ara bach a bob yn dipyn, drwy gyfrwng gemau, actio byr-fyfyr, cyfansoddi caneuon a chreu ffimiau ar ipads (lwcus bod Gai yn aml-dalentog), roedden ni'n gweld y plant yn datblygu, ac ambell un yn ein synnu!
[3.] Labat JJ, Riant T, Robert R, Amarenco G, Lefaucheur JP, Rigaud J.
Je suis venu a l'abattoir pour apprendre [beaucoup plus grand que], confie en riant un autre homme.
Qui d'autres pourraient se reconnaitre dans ces histoires que l'on raconte autour de la table, en riant aux eclats et en faisant un petit clin d'oeil pour montrer qu'ils se sont reconnus?
Paul Riant, 50, embarked on a string of devious plots to fleece Rev Derek Sankey of PS80,000 life savings, equity in his house, loans and even cash borrowed from friends as he exploited the retired Manweb engineer's desire to help him rebuild his life.
Meneret A, Gaudebout C, Riant F, Vidailhet M, Depienne C, Roze E, et al.
Then, during the bus ride, though she scarcely responds to Raymond's efforts to joke with her, "de temps en temps, elle le regardait en riant" (169).
One small example, Gabrielle Buffet, elle corrige les moeurs en riant (Gabrielle Buffet, She Corrects Manners While Laughing), 1915--Picabia's mechanomorphic portrait of his wife as a partially opened double-sash automobile windshield--also alludes to Duchamp, then at work on the double-paned structure The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, 1915-23, affectionately known as the "Large Glass."