claim·​ant ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce claimant (audio)
: one that asserts a right or title
a claimant to an estate

Examples of claimant in a Sentence

They are claimants to the dead man's estate. Claimants will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork. a dispute between two claimants to the throne
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of claimant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Claimant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


claim·​ant ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce claimant (audio)
: a person who claims to have a right to something

Legal Definition


claim·​ant ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce claimant (audio)
: one that asserts a claim especially formally
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