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ˈpɜr swɪ vəntpur·suiv·ant

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Wiktionary

  1. pursuivantnoun

    follower

  2. pursuivantnoun

    a herald of the College of Arms

  3. pursuivantnoun

    a Grand Lodge Officer who guards the inner door during a meeting of the Grand Lodge

  4. Etymology: Middle English, from Old French pursuivant, present participle of pursuivre (‘to follow’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pursuivantnoun

    A state messenger; an attendant on the heralds.

    Etymology: poursuivant, Fr.

    How oft do they with golden pinions cleave
    The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant. Fairy Queen.

    Pursuivants he often for them sent. Hubberd.

    These grey locks, the pursuivants of death,
    Argue the end of Edmund Mortimer. William Shakespeare.

    Send out a pursuivant at arms
    To Stanley’s regiment; bid him bring his power
    Before sun-rising. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    For helmets, crests, mantles, and supporters, I leave the reader to Edmond Bolton, Gerard Leigh, John Ferne, and John Guillim Portismouth, pursuivants of arms, who have diligently laboured in armory. William Camden, Remains.

    The pursuivants came next,
    And like the heralds each his scutheon bore. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. Pursuivant

    A pursuivant or, more correctly, 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 era, many great nobles employed their own officers of arms. Today, there still exist some private pursuivants that are not employed by a government authority. In Scotland, for example, several pursuivants of arms have been appointed by Clan Chiefs. These pursuivants of arms look after matters of heraldic and genealogical importance for clan members. Some Masonic Grand Lodges have an office known as the Grand Pursuivant. It is the Grand Pursuivant's duty to announce all applicants for admission into the Grand Lodge by their names and Masonic titles; to take charge of the jewels and regalia of the Grand Lodge; to attend all meetings of the Grand Lodge, and to perform such other duties as may be required by the Grand Master or presiding officer. The office is also at the local Masonic lodge level in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. In that jurisdiction it is the Pursuivant's duty to guard the door of the lodge, and announce and escort applicants for admission into the lodge. The office is generally unknown at the local level in Masonic jurisdictions outside Pennsylvania, where these duties are performed by the Junior Deacon and Senior Deacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursuivantnoun

    a functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; -- called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds. Also used figuratively

  2. Pursuivantnoun

    the king's messenger; a state messenger

  3. Pursuivantverb

    to pursue

  4. Etymology: [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre. See Pursue, and cf. Pursuant.]

Wikidata

  1. Pursuivant

    A pursuivant or, more correctly, 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 era, many great nobles employed their own officers of arms. Today, there still exist some private pursuivants that are not employed by a government authority. In Scotland, for example, several pursuivants of arms have been appointed by Clan Chiefs. These pursuivants of arms look after matters of heraldic and genealogical importance for clan members. Some Masonic Grand Lodges have an office known as the Grand Pursuivant. It is the Grand Pursuivant's duty to announce all applicants for admission into the Grand Lodge by their names and Masonic titles; to take charge of the jewels and regalia of the Grand Lodge; to attend all meetings of the Grand Lodge, and to perform such other duties as may be required by the Grand Master or presiding officer. The office is also at the local Masonic lodge level in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. In that jurisdiction it is the Pursuivant's duty to guard the door of the lodge, and announce and escort applicants for admission into the lodge. The office is generally unknown at the local level in other Masonic jurisdictions, where the equivalent role is named the Inner Guard.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pursuivant

    pur′swi-vant, n. an attendant or follower: a state messenger: an attendant on the heralds: one of four inferior officers in the English College of Arms. [Fr., pr.p. of poursuivre, to pursue.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. 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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pursuivant

    The third and lowest order of heraldic officers. The office was instituted as a novitiate, or state of probation, through which the offices of herald and king-at-arms were ordinarily to be attained, though it has been held that a herald or king-at-arms may be made per saltum. For the present titles of the several British pursuivants, see Herald. In ancient times any great nobleman might institute his own pursuivant with his own hands and by his single authority. The dukes of Norfolk had a pursuivant called Blanch-lyon, from the white lion in their arms; the pursuivant of the dukes of Northumberland was styled Espérance from the Percy motto, and Richard Nevil, earl of Salisbury, had a pursuivant called Egle vert.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursuivant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursuivant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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