pursuivant

[ pur-swi-vuhnt ]
/ ˈpɜr swɪ vənt /

noun

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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for pursuivant

pursuivant
/ (ˈpɜːsɪvənt) /

noun

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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