[ pur-swi-vuhnt ]
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  1. a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald.

  2. an official attendant on heralds.

  1. 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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How to use pursuivant in a sentence

  • When all was ready they led him out, and Theroulde strode before, proud to play the knight's pursuivant.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • "Show him your warrant," said Bridgenorth to the man in black formerly mentioned, who was a pursuivant.

    Peveril of the Peak | Sir Walter Scott
  • If a pursuivant bestrode him, he might discover through his means who be recusants a hundred miles around.

    Constance Sherwood | Lady Georgiana Fullerton
  • “My duty allows me no alternative,” rejoined the pursuivant, harshly.

    Guy Fawkes | William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Abashed at this reproof, the pursuivant stalked out of the room.

    Guy Fawkes | William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for pursuivant


/ (ˈpɜːsɪvənt) /

  1. the lowest rank of heraldic officer

  2. history a state or royal messenger

  1. history a follower or attendant

Origin of pursuivant

C14: from Old French, from poursivre to pursue

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