French edit

Etymology edit

From Latin habens, the Present Participle of habēre. The replacement of V with Y may have been to avoid confusion with avant (before).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɛ.jɑ̃/, /e.jɑ̃/
  • (file)

Participle edit


  1. present participle of avoir; having, with
    les pays ayant les taux les plus élevésthe countries with the highest rates

Noun edit

ayant m (plural ayants)

  1. haver, holder

Usage notes edit

  • Ayant is used only in compounds.

Derived terms edit

Further reading edit