noun pos·tu·lant \ˈpäs-chə-lənt\

Definition of postulant

  1. 1 :  a person admitted to a religious order as a probationary candidate for membership

  2. 2 :  a person on probation before being admitted as a candidate for holy orders in the Episcopal Church

Origin and Etymology of postulant

French, petitioner, candidate, postulant, from Medieval French, from present participle of postuler to demand, solicit, from Latin postulare

First Known Use: 1721

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