[ suhp-lee-uh nt ]
/ ˈsʌp li ənt /


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 forms

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

Can be confused

supplant 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 Forms

suppliantly, 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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