pur·​sui·​vant ˈpər-si-vənt How to pronounce pursuivant (audio)
: an officer of arms ranking below a herald but having similar duties

Word History


Middle English pursevant attendant of a herald, from Anglo-French pursevaunt, pursuant, literally, follower, from present participle of pursure to pursue

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pursuivant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pursuivant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuivant. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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