assailant

[ uh-sey-luh nt ]
/ əˈseɪ lənt /

noun

a person who attacks.

adjective

Archaic. assailing; attacking; hostile.

Nearby words

  1. assad,
  2. assad, hafez al-,
  3. assagai,
  4. assai,
  5. assail,
  6. assam,
  7. assam states,
  8. assamese,
  9. assassin,
  10. assassin bug

Origin of assailant

From the Middle French word assaillant, dating back to 1525–35. See assail, -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for assailant

assailant

/ (əˈseɪlənt) /

noun

a person who attacks another, either physically or verballyhe was unable to recognize his assailants
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Word Origin and History for assailant

assailant

n.

1530s, from French assailant, noun use of present participle of assailir (see assail). Earlier in same sense was assailer (c.1400).

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