[ ap-li-kuh nt ]
/ ˈæp lɪ kənt /


a person who applies for or requests something; a candidate: an applicant for a position.

Nearby words

  1. appley,
  2. appliance,
  3. appliance garage,
  4. applicability,
  5. applicable,
  6. application,
  7. application program,
  8. applications package,
  9. applicative,
  10. applicator

Origin of applicant

First recorded in 1475–85, applicant is from the Latin word applicant- (stem of applicāns applying, present participle of applicāre). See apply, -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for applicant


/ (ˈæplɪkənt) /


a person who applies, as for a job, grant, support, etc; candidate

Word Origin for applicant

C15: from Latin applicāns, from applicāre to apply

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Word Origin and History for applicant



"one who applies," late 15c., from Latin applicantem (nominative applicans), present participle of applicare (see apply).

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