[pur-swi-vuh nt]


a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald.
an official attendant on heralds.
any attendant or follower.

Origin of pursuivant

1350–1400; < French poursuivant (present participle of poursuivre to pursue, follow ≪ Latin prōsequī); replacing Middle English pursevant < Middle French pursivant < Latin, as above
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Related Words for pursuivant

messenger, catchpole, pursuivant, summoner

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British Dictionary definitions for pursuivant



the lowest rank of heraldic officer
history a state or royal messenger
history a follower or attendant

Word Origin for pursuivant

C14: from Old French, from poursivre to pursue
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