[ suhp-lee-uh nt ]
/ ˈsʌp li ənt /


a person who supplicates; petitioner.


expressive of supplication, as words, actions, etc.

Nearby words

  1. suppletive,
  2. suppletory,
  3. supplex,
  4. suppliance,
  5. suppliancy,
  6. suppliantly,
  7. suppliants, the,
  8. supplicant,
  9. supplicate,
  10. supplication

Origin of suppliant

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of supplier < Latin supplicāre to beseech, supplicate. See -ant

Related formssup·pli·ant·ly, adverbsup·pli·ant·ness, nounun·sup·pli·ant, adjective

Can be confusedsupplant supplicant suppliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suppliant


/ (ˈsʌplɪənt) /


expressing entreaty or supplication

noun, adjective

another word for supplicant
Derived Formssuppliantly, adverbsuppliance, noun

Word Origin for suppliant

C15: from French supplier to beseech, from Latin supplicāre to kneel in entreaty; see supple

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Word Origin and History for suppliant



early 15c., "humble petitioner," from Middle French suppliant, originally present participle of supplier "to plead humbly, entreat, beg, pray," from Latin supplicare "beg, beseech" (see supplication).

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