[suhp-lee-uh nt]
  1. supplicating.
  2. 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

Suppliants, The

  1. a tragedy (c463 b.c.) by Aeschylus.
  2. a tragedy (c420 b.c.) by Euripides. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for suppliants

seeker, suitor, petitioner, beggar, solicitor

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British Dictionary definitions for suppliants


  1. expressing entreaty or supplication
noun, adjective
  1. 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 suppliants



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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