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ri·ant(rī′ənt, rē′-, rē-äN′)
[French, present participle of rire, to laugh, from Old French, from Latin rīdēre.]
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rare laughing; smiling; cheerful
[C16: from French, from rire to laugh, from Latin rīdēre]
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ri•ant(ˈraɪ ənt, ˈri-; Fr. ryɑ̃)
laughing; smiling; cheerful.
[1560–70; < French, present participle of rire to laugh « Latin rīdēre; see -ant]
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|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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