- The definition of affiant is a legal term used to identify someone who makes a sworn statement called an affidavit.
An example of an affiant is a person who gives testimony to the police and then swears to it and usually signs it.
Origin of affiant; from present participle of Old French afier: see affiance
Origin of affiantFrom affy, to make affidavit, from Middle English affien, to trust, from Old French affier, to promise; see affiance.
- (law) The individual witness whose statement is contained in an affidavit or sworn deposition.
- Further affiant sayeth naught. (A centuries-old statement that is still used on some legal documents as the final declaration prior to the affiant's signature.)
From the present participle of Old French afier, from Late Latin affidare. Related to affidavit.
affiant - Legal Definition