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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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Examples from the web for informant
  • Now, after getting a tip-off, he had come to the docks to meet an anonymous informant who claimed to have the skinny on the thief.
  • The informant told the agent of his deception, and the agent told prosecutors.
  • The informant was inside for no more than five minutes.
  • The informant is the individual who provided the recorded information.
  • In many cases the informant is identified in the record itself.
British Dictionary definitions for informant


a person who gives information about a thing, a subject being studied, etc
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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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