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[in-fawr-muh nt] /ɪnˈfɔr mənt/
a person who informs or gives information; informer.
a person who supplies social or cultural data in answer to the questions of an investigator.
Linguistics. a native speaker of a language who supplies utterances and forms for one analyzing or learning the language.
Origin of informant
1655-65; < Latin infōrmant- (stem of infōrmāns) present participle of infōrmāre. See inform1, -ant
Can be confused
informant, informer.
1. source, adviser, tipster. Unabridged
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  • The hut was occupied by a Malay and his wife, from whom our informant gathered the following extraordinary account.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • He seems clearly to have been Popes informant about the unpublished Labeo.

    Two Poems Against Pope Leonard Welsted
  • "Generally not, because we find that somebody is ill from before and then we know what is going to happen" said my informant.

  • It did not occur to her that Lady Caroline had been Janetta's informant.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • This being done, a member of a family established at Konia is, according to my informant, to be declared Sultan.

British Dictionary definitions for informant


a person who gives information about a thing, a subject being studied, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for informant

1660s, "someone or something that supplies information," from Latin informantem (nominative informans), present participle of informare (see inform). Meaning "one who gives information to the authorities, informer" is from 1783. As an adjective from 1890. The older noun was informer.

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