[ pos-chuh-luh nt ]
/ ˈpɒs tʃə lənt /


a candidate, especially for admission into a religious order.
a person who asks or applies for something.

Origin of postulant

1750–60; < French < Latin postulant- (stem of postulāns), present participle of postulāre to ask for, claim, require

Related forms

pos·tu·lant·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postulant


/ (ˈpɒstjʊlənt) /


a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order

Derived Forms

postulancy or postulantship, noun

Word Origin for postulant

C18: from Latin postulāns asking, from postulāre to ask, demand
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