[kley-muh nt]
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Origin of claimant

First recorded in 1740–50; claim + -ant
Related formspre·claim·ant, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for claimant

applicant, claimer

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British Dictionary definitions for claimant


  1. a person who makes a claim
  2. a person who brings a civil action in a court of lawFormerly called: plaintiff Compare defendant (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for claimant

1747, from claim (v.), on model of appellant, defendant, etc., or from French noun use of present participle of clamer.

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