claimant

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Old French and Anglo-Norman clamant, present participle of the verb clamer and its variants, from Latin clāmō (to cry out).

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claimant (plural claimants)

  1. One who claims; one who makes a claim.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Tremarn Case[1]:
      “Two or three months more went by ; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”
  2. (UK) A person receiving money from the government, in a form of unemployment benefits, disability benefits or similar.
  3. (law) The party who initiates a lawsuit before a court.

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