Pronunciation : Pur"sui*vant Part of Speech : n. Etymology : [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre. See Pursue, and cf. Pursuant.] [Written also poursuivant.] Definition : 1. (Heralds' College)
Defn: 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. The herald Hope, forerunning Fear, And Fear, the pursuivant of Hope. Longfellow.
2. The king's messenger; a state messenger. One pursuivant who attempted to execute a warrant there was murdered. Macaulay. Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
Pronunciation : Pur"sui*vant Part of Speech : v. Definition : Defn: To pursue. [Obs. & R.] Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest. Fuller.