informant

[in-fawr-muhnt]
noun
1.
a person who informs or gives information; informer.
2.
a person who supplies social or cultural data in answer to the questions of an investigator.
3.
Linguistics. a native speaker of a language who supplies utterances and forms for one analyzing or learning the language.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin infōrmant- (stem of infōrmāns) present participle of infōrmāre. See inform1, -ant

informant, informer.


1. source, adviser, tipster.
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informant (ɪnˈfɔːmənt)
 
n
a person who gives information about a thing, a subject being studied, etc

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Example sentences
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.
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