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From Middle English pursevant et al., from Old French pursuivant, present participle of pursuivre (to follow). Doublet of pursuant.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɜː.sɪ.vənt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɜɹ.sɪ.vənt/, /ˈpɜr.swɪ.vənt/


pursuivant (plural pursuivants)

  1. (archaic) A follower
  2. (heraldry) A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds, e.g. in the College of Arms.
  3. (freemasonry) A Grand Lodge Officer who guards the inner door during a meeting of the Grand Lodge
  4. A royal messenger, (particularly) one with the authority to execute warrants.
  5. (law enforcement, by extension) A warrant officer.