- a candidate, especially for admission into a religious order.
- a person who asks or applies for something.
Origin of postulant
Examples from the Web for postulant
She trembled like a postulant when she wrote the Greek alphabet for the first time.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There are degrees in the struggle for saintliness; the journalist was but a postulant.When It Was Dark
"But Juanita is not a postulant," said Sarrion, with a laugh.The Velvet Glove
Henry Seton Merriman
Mark concerned himself less with his own reception as a postulant.The Altar Steps
One is a postulant for two years at least, often for four; a novice for four.Les Misrables
- a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order
Word Origin and History for postulant
1759, from French postulant "applicant, candidate," literally "one who asks," from Latin postulantem (nominative postulans), present participle of postulare "to ask, demand" (see postulate (v.)).