One of the officers of the College of *Arms; junior to a *herald.

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  • Pursuivant — Pur sui*vant, n. [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre. See {Pursue}, and cf. {Pursuant}.] [Written also {poursuivant}.] 1. (Heralds College) A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; called also {pursuivant at arms};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pursuivant — Pur sui*vant, v. t. To pursue. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster] Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pursuivant — [pʉr′si vənt, pʉr′swivənt] n. [ME pursevante < OFr poursuivant, prp. of poursuivre < poursuir: see PURSUE] 1. in the British Heralds College, an officer ranking below a herald 2. a follower …   English World dictionary

  • Pursuivant — A Pursuivant, or more correctly a pursuivant of arms, is a junior officer of arms. Most pursuivants are attached to official heraldic authorities, such as the College of Arms in London or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In the mediaeval… …   Wikipedia

  • pursuivant — noun Etymology: Middle English pursevant attendant of a herald, from Anglo French pursevaunt, pursuant, literally, follower, from present participle of pursure to pursue Date: 14th century 1. an officer of arms ranking below a herald but having… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pursuivant — /perr swi veuhnt/, n. 1. a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald. 2. an official attendant on heralds. 3. any attendant or follower. [1350 1400; < F poursuivant (prp. of poursuivre to PURSUE, follow L prosequi); r. ME… …   Universalium

  • pursuivant — noun a) follower b) a herald of the …   Wiktionary

  • PURSUIVANT —    one of the junior officers in the Heralds College, four in England, named respectively Rouge Croix, Blue Mantle, Rouge Dragon, and Portcullis; and three in Scotland, named respectively Bute, Carrick, and Unicorn …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • pursuivant — [ pə:sɪv(ə)nt] noun 1》 Brit. an officer of the College of Arms ranking below a herald. 2》 archaic a follower or attendant. Origin ME: from OFr. pursivant, pres. participle of pursivre follow after …   English new terms dictionary

  • pursuivant — n. 1. Follower, attendant. 2. State messenger …   New dictionary of synonyms

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