(linguistics) A native speaker who acts as a linguistic reference for a language being studied. The informant demonstrates native pronunciation, provides grammaticality judgments regarding linguistic well-formedness, and may also explain cultural references and other important contextual information.
corrupting heresy to " Jude the brother of James " will still be incompatible with the statements of Hegesippus, our only informant regarding his later history.
When with due circumspection Napoleon was informed that Moscow was empty, he looked angrily at his informant, turned away, and silently continued to walk to and fro.
If Lisa was involved with both Spencer and Mertz, maybe she was an informant for Spenser.
The diplomatist has therefore lost one of his chief functions as an informant of the accrediting government.
But from whomsoever the expression proceeds - whether from Papias, or his informant, or "the elder"- we may feel sure that considerations such as appeal to us from our training in historical criticism are not those which suggested it, but rather the want of agreement between this Gospel and some standard which on altogether different grounds was applied to it.