pursuivant

[ pur-swi-vuh nt ]
/ ˈpɜr swɪ vənt /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pursuant,
  2. pursue,
  3. pursuer,
  4. pursuit,
  5. pursuit plane,
  6. pursy,
  7. purtenance,
  8. purty,
  9. purulence,
  10. purulent

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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