[suhp-lee-uh nt]


a person who supplicates; petitioner.


expressive of supplication, as words, actions, etc.

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

Related Words for suppliant

seeker, suitor, petitioner, beggar, solicitor

Examples from the Web for suppliant

Historical Examples of suppliant

  • Here was the man whom she hated, suppliant before her to know the truth.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She not only assumed the attitude, but felt the spirit of a suppliant.

  • The waxen image is at its feet, as a suppliant, and awaiting only death.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • To go a suppliant to that pious icicle my mother were worse than useless.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The suppliant raised his head, and his fingers relaxed their hold.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for suppliant



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper