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informant

[in-fawr-muh nt]
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noun
  1. a person who informs or gives information; informer.
  2. a person who supplies social or cultural data in answer to the questions of an investigator.
  3. Linguistics. a native speaker of a language who supplies utterances and forms for one analyzing or learning the language.

Origin of informant

1655–65; < Latin infōrmant- (stem of infōrmāns) present participle of infōrmāre. See inform1, -ant
Can be confusedinformant informer

Synonyms

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1. source, adviser, tipster.
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  • She said this calmly and quietly, as though to impress her informant and reassure him.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • But how would he know this; surely you would not become the informant?

  • The informant has always met with misfortune, accident—whatever you like to call it.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • It only hopes that your Holiness will require your informant to do so.

  • Accordingly the ephors questioned their informant: "How say you the occurrence is to take place?"

    Hellenica

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for informant

informant

noun
  1. a person who gives information about a thing, a subject being studied, etc
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Word Origin and History for informant

n.

1660s, "someone or something that supplies information," from Latin informantem (nominative informans), present participle of informare (see inform). Meaning "one who gives information to the authorities, informer" is from 1783. As an adjective from 1890. The older noun was informer.

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