[uh-spahyuh r-uh nt, as-per-uh nt]


a person who aspires, as one who seeks or desires a career, advancement, status, etc.: The aspirants for foundation grants had yet to prove themselves.


aspiring or yearning for something important or of value.

Origin of aspirant

1730–40; (< F) < Latin aspīrant- (stem of aspīrāns, present participle of aspīrāre). See aspire, -ant
Can be confusedaspirant aspirin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of aspirant

  • How is the aspirant thirsting for knowledge to signify to them his wish for instruction?


    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • Many times the aspirant will remark, "I swear I didn't make it move!"

  • It was the aspirant he had drunk beer with weeks ago at Brocourt.

  • But this was merely the probation of the "novice," as the aspirant was termed.


    Monica Mary Gardner

  • Yet this man is the only Thinker, the only Aspirant, amongst them all.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for aspirant



a person who aspires, as to a high position


aspiring or striving
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Word Origin and History for aspirant

"one who aspires," 1738, from French aspirant, from Latin aspirantem (nominative aspirans), present participle of aspirare (see aspire).

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