- a person who relates or tells; narrator.
- a private person on whose suggestion or complaint certain writs, as a quo warranto, are issued and whose position is analogous to that of a plaintiff.
- a party in interest who is allowed to institute a proceeding in the name of a public official when the right to sue rests exclusively in that official.
Origin of relator
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Examples from the Web for relator
I know but few less credulous than the relator, but he is no Sadducee.Welsh Folk-Lore
"The policeman was a kind-hearted, sensible fellow," said the relator of the incident.Robin
Frances Hodgson Burnett
And, in fact, the record in so many words so stated, and the statement was uncontroverted by the relator.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt
David Miller DeWitt
Abraham Crist appeared for the relator, and John Greenwood for the defendant.A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County Volume II
Stephen M. Ostrander
I will introduce him as the relator of his own story, taking some liberty, however, with the phraseology.Ten Years Among the Mail Bags
- a person who relates a story; narrator
- English law a person who gives information upon which the attorney general brings an action
- US law a person who institutes proceedings by criminal information or quo warranto
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Word Origin and History for relator
"informer," c.1600, from Latin relator, agent noun; see relate.
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