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pursuivant

[pur-swi-vuh nt] /ˈpɜr swɪ vənt/
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
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/
noun
1.
the lowest rank of heraldic officer
2.
(history) a state or royal messenger
3.
(history) a follower or attendant
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from poursivre to pursue
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