[ ad-heer-uhnt, -her- ]
/ ædˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr- /


a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.


sticking; clinging; adhering: an adherent substance.
bound by contract or other formal agreement: the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.
Biology. adnate.
Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.

Origin of adherent

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin adhērent- for Latin adhaerent- (stem of adhaerēns, present participle of adhaerēre). See adhere, -ent

Related forms

ad·her·ent·ly, adverbnon·ad·her·ent, adjective, nounpre·ad·her·ent, adjectivepre·ad·her·ent·ly, adverb

Can be confused

adherence adherents adhesion

Synonym study

1. See follower. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adherent


/ (ədˈhɪərənt) /


(usually foll by of) a supporter or follower


sticking, holding fast, or attached
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