aspirant

[ uh-spahyuh r-uh nt, as-per-uh nt ]
/ əˈspaɪər ənt, ˈæs pər ənt /

noun

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.

adjective

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
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aspirant

/ (ˈæspɪrənt, əˈspaɪərənt) /

noun

a person who aspires, as to a high position

adjective

aspiring or striving
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Word Origin and History for aspirant

aspirant


n.

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

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