Pursuivant definition

pûrswĭ-vənt
An officer in the British Colleges of Heralds who ranks below a herald.
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A follower or attendant.
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In the British Heralds' College, an officer ranking below a herald.
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A follower; attendant.
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(archaic) Follower.
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(heraldry) A herald of the College of Arms.
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A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds.
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(freemasonry) A Grand Lodge Officer who guards the inner door during a meeting of the Grand Lodge.
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The king's messenger; a state messenger.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of pursuivant - poursuivant

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pursuivant
Plural:
pursuivants

Origin of pursuivant

  • Middle English pursevant attendant from Old French poursuivant from present participle of poursuivre to follow from Vulgar Latin prōsequere pursue

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French pursuivant, present participle of pursuivre ("˜to follow').

    From Wiktionary