[ kuhn-vur-suhnt, kon-ver- ]
/ kənˈvɜr sənt, ˈkɒn vər- /


familiar by use or study (usually followed by with): conversant with Spanish history.
Archaic. having regular or frequent conversation; intimately associating; acquainted.

Nearby words

  1. convergent strabismus,
  2. convergent thinking,
  3. convergently,
  4. converging lens,
  5. conversable,
  6. conversate,
  7. conversation,
  8. conversation chair,
  9. conversation piece,
  10. conversation pit

Origin of conversant

1250–1300; Middle English conversa(u)nt < Latin conversant- (stem of conversāns), present participle of conversārī to associate with. See converse1, -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for conversant


/ (kənˈvɜːsənt) /


(usually postpositive and foll by with) experienced (in), familiar (with), or acquainted (with)
Derived Formsconversance or conversancy, nounconversantly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for conversant



late 14c., from Old French conversant, present participle of converser (see converse (v.)).

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