ap·​pel·​lant | \ ə-ˈpe-lənt How to pronounce appellant (audio) \

Definition of appellant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an appeal : appellate an appellant court



Definition of appellant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that appeals specifically : one that appeals from a judicial decision or decree

Examples of appellant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The bill also removes Franklin Circuit Court as the appellant body for requests of legislative records. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Beshear waiting to make decision on Kentucky school choice," 24 Mar. 2021 Additionally, the city is supposed to give its evidence to the appellant five days before the hearing. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Second marijuana dispensary sues Chula Vista over its license application process," 23 Nov. 2020 The appellant plead guilty to having perpetrated a criminal act. NBC News, "Suspect in Maryland newspaper shooting had sued Capital Gazette for defamation," 29 June 2018 But the federal court system in Alaska on Oct. 1 revised its restraint procedures following the appellant court's decision, Tilton points out. Alex Demarban, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaska prisoners sue state over practice of shackling pretrial inmates together in groups," 31 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Retired Judge Roger Klaphake, the dissenting judge, favored the appellant, James Warren Northrup. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Court of Appeals rules in favor of state in netting case," 22 Dec. 2019 After the ruling was issued, the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court filled with the lawyers and appellants in the case, smiling dizzily. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Supreme Court Calamity," 24 Sep. 2019 But for wearing a hoodie, there was no linkage between the appellant and the shooting. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Appeals court vacates conviction in Baltimore ‘Chasing a Killer’ case, citing ‘lackluster’ evidence and hearsay testimony," 9 Sep. 2019 Among other issues, appellants complained that scoring rules were inconsistent and confusing. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford police union questions sergeants’ test results," 7 Aug. 2019 The appellants took issue with sections of the city’s municipal code that stipulate which findings allow for the approval of tree removal permits. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Neighbors appeal to City Hall to spare 2 Flintridge Avenue oaks," 1 Aug. 2019 What appellants actually seek is recognition of a novel right to exclude transgender people from common areas of restrooms and locker rooms., "Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students goes before 9th Circuit," 11 July 2019 According to Ann James, director of Miami’s Office of Community Standards, the appeal process is done entirely in writing, meaning the appellant, in this case, Delta Tau Delta, does not have to appear in person for a hearing. Rachel Berry,, "Report: Butler County prosecutor considering charges against Miami students," 19 June 2019 The appellant wanted equal coverage of his side of the story., "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of appellant


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appellant


Middle English appellaunt "making a charge in court," borrowed from Anglo-French appellant, appellaunt, present participle of apeler, appeler "to call, summon, call before a court" — more at appeal entry 2


Middle English appellant, appellaunt "person accusing another in court, plaintiff, challenger," borrowed from Anglo-French appellant, noun derivative of appellant, appellant "making a charge in court" — more at appellant entry 1

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“Appellant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of appellant

law : someone who requests that a higher court review and change the decision of a lower court : someone who appeals a decision


ap·​pel·​lant | \ ə-ˈpe-lənt \

Legal Definition of appellant

: a person or party who appeals a court's judgment — compare appellee

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