pursuivant

pursuivant

[pur-swi-vuhnt]
noun
1.
a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald.
2.
an official attendant on heralds.
3.
any attendant or follower.

Origin:
1350–1400; < French poursuivant (present participle of poursuivre to pursue, follow ≪ Latin prōsequī); replacing Middle English pursevant < Middle French pursivant < Latin, as above

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pursuivant (ˈpɜːsɪvənt)
 
n
1.  the lowest rank of heraldic officer
2.  history a state or royal messenger
3.  history a follower or attendant
 
[C14: from Old French, from poursivre to pursue]

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