pos·​tu·​lant | \ ˈpäs-chə-lənt How to pronounce postulant (audio) \

Definition of postulant

1 : a person admitted to a religious order as a probationary candidate for membership
2 : a person on probation before being admitted as a candidate for holy orders in the Episcopal Church

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Recent Examples on the Web Ron Hansen has written 10 estimable novels with wildly diverse, mostly historical subjects ranging from postulant Mariette Baptiste to Hitler’s niece to Billy the Kid. Ron Hansen, Star Tribune, "Quarantine read: Readers suggest books," 14 Aug. 2020 Even today, postulants who enter the order, which has chapters around the world, mostly spend their days alone, in spartan cells in prayer and contemplation, mixed with some manual labor. Washington Post, "Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?," 19 Nov. 2019 One of the postulants is Barbara Prate, a bright, occasionally caustic 45-year-old nurse from New Jersey. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 Brother Reilly had given him a short tour of the public areas—the chapel, the guest parlor, the dining hall—and then escorted him to the front veranda, where the other postulants had gathered to admire the grounds. John L’heureux, The New Yorker, "The Long Black Line," 14 May 2018 The Sound of Music’’ starred Mary Martin — then just weeks away from her 46th birthday — as Maria, the young postulant who leaves an abbey to become a governess to the von Trapp family. Don Aucoin,, "There’s no solving a problem like ‘The Sound of Music’," 3 May 2018 Maria, a postulant at a convent near Salzburg, Austria, is detached from her duties to be governess to the seven motherless children of Baron Von Trapp. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sound of Music': THR's 1965 Review," 2 Mar. 2018 After high school, he was accepted as a postulant to the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y., and was accepted to the Order in September 1946. Adia H. Robinson,, "Father Joseph Xavier O'Connor, 89, Augustinian priest," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of postulant

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postulant

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

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“Postulant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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