as·​pi·​rant | \ˈas-p(ə-)rənt, ə-ˈspī-rənt \

Definition of aspirant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one who aspires presidential aspirants



Definition of aspirant (Entry 2 of 2)

: seeking to attain a desired position or status the pilot was an aspirant astronaut

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aspirant

Synonyms: Noun

applicant, applier, campaigner, candidate, contender, expectant, hopeful, prospect, seeker

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of aspirant in a Sentence


a bevy of ever-smiling aspirants for the Miss America title

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Such old-timers as Morbid Angel and Obituary continue to tour, joined by younger aspirants like Hate Storm Annihilation. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Screeching in a Metal Band Takes Lozenges, Tea and a Patient Vocal Coach," 18 May 2018 But Reed has gotten pushback from other members of the politically influential African-American clergy, not necessarily a healthy thing for a mayoral aspirant. Bill Turque, kansascity, "At 18th and Vine, a tiny church tries to stem the flow of alcohol | The Kansas City Star," 4 Apr. 2018 American colleges have become finishing schools for the aspirant rich. James Atlas, Town & Country, "Is a College Education Even Worth It Anymore?," 10 July 2018 But a presidential aspirant with the courage to propose a mainstream solution to the immigration stalemate could be richly rewarded. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Americans Want an Immigration Deal," 10 July 2018 But like with March Madness itself, chance is often the final arbiter of the aspirants' collective fate. Gregory Krieg And Tal Yellin, CNN, "The 2020 Democratic primary, as a March Madness bracket," 15 Mar. 2018 News of Kander's interest in City Hall drew speculation from other local political aspirants about whether Kander would treat the mayor's office as a stepping stone for a higher political calling. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Kander confirms bid for Kansas City mayor in a move already shaking up the ballot," 25 June 2018 Humberto de la Calle, the government’s chief peace negotiator, is a worthy aspirant. The Economist, "The faulty front-runners for Colombia’s presidency," 24 May 2018 Connolly is the lastest Democratic gubernatorial aspirant to drop out of the race and back Lamont, who has been collecting endorsements and momentum for weeks. Daniela Altimari,, "Sean Connolly To Drop Gubernatorial Bid; Will Endorse Ned Lamont," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of aspirant


1738, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspirant was in 1738

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English Language Learners Definition of aspirant

: a person who tries to become something : a person who aspires to do or to be something

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