informant

noun in·for·mant \ in-ˈfȯr-mənt \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of informant

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

Examples of informant in a Sentence

  1. The police were alerted to the plot by a paid informant.

  2. We learned the language with the help of a native informant.

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First Known Use of informant

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INFORMANT Defined for English Language Learners

informant

Definition of informant for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INFORMANT Defined for Kids

informant

noun in·form·ant \ in-ˈfȯr-mənt \

Definition of informant for Students

: a person who gives information especially to accuse or cause suspicion about someone

Law Dictionary

informant

noun in·for·mant \ in-ˈfȯr-mənt \

legal Definition of informant

: one who informs against another; specifically : one who makes a practice especially for money of informing police of others' criminal activities


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