informant


in·for·mant

noun \in-ˈfr-mənt\

: a person who gives information to the police about secret or criminal activities

: a person who gives information about his or her culture or language to a researcher

Full Definition of INFORMANT

:  a person who gives information: as
a :  informer
b :  one who supplies cultural or linguistic data in response to interrogation by an investigator

Examples of INFORMANT

  1. The police were alerted to the plot by a paid informant.
  2. We learned the language with the help of a native informant.

First Known Use of INFORMANT

1657

Rhymes with INFORMANT

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