|Compare defendant Now replaced by: claimant (formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law|
|[C14: from legal French plaintif, from Old French plaintif (adj) complaining, from plainte|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
The party that institutes a suit in a court. The person or entity the plaintiff sues is the defendant.