From arrive + -ant or French arrivant.
arrivant (plural arrivants)
- A person who is arriving or has just arrived.
- Synonym: arrival
- The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy by Kamau Brathwaite (1973)
1854, Emma Robinson, chapter 6, in Westminster Abbey; or, The Days of the Reformation, volume 1, London: John Mortimer, page 146:
Altogether the new arrivant had the air of some desperate adventurer […]
1991, Ben Okri, The Famished Road, London: Jonathan Cape, Section 2, Book 6, Chapter 14:
[…] the beggars, looking up with the bright faces of arrivants, turned into our compound-front.
1998, Howard Norman, The Museum Guard, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, page 242:
[He] finally gave up any hope that a bellhop would actually help an arrivant or somebody about to leave the hotel with their luggage.
- present participle of arriver
arrivant (feminine arrivante, masculine plural arrivants, feminine plural arrivantes)
arrivant m (plural arrivants, feminine arrivante)
- arriver (one who arrives)