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, 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, 23 Nov. 2020 The appellant plead guilty to having perpetrated a criminal act. NBC News, 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, 31 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plaintiff-appellant (Sempowich) was represented by the Noble Law Firm and the defendant-appellee (Tactile Systems) was represented by Stinson LLP. Eric Bachman, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 In the grandiloquent language of the law, the Most Junior Junior Assistant had stated that the appellant’s case was so utterly frivolous, so completely lacking in merit, that there was no need for the appellee to respond. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Retired Judge Roger Klaphake, the dissenting judge, favored the appellant, James Warren Northrup. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, 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, 24 Sep. 2019 But for wearing a hoodie, there was no linkage between the appellant and the shooting. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 9 Sep. 2019 Among other issues, appellants complained that scoring rules were inconsistent and confusing. Jesse Leavenworth,, 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, 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., 11 July 2019 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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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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