Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position.
  • adj. Seeking recognition, distinction, or advancement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who aspires to high office etc.
  • adj. seeking advancement
  • adj. striving for recognition

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Aspiring.
  • n. One who aspires; one who eagerly seeks some high position or object of attainment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who aspires; one who seeks advancement, elevation, or preference.
  • Aspiring; ambitious: as, “our aspirant souls,” Mrs. Browning.
  • Ascending; mounting up: as, aspirant flames.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
  • n. an ambitious and aspiring young person

Etymologies

From French aspirant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr Clegg insisted that "alarm clock Britain," which he described as the "aspirant middle classes" who were not comfortably off but worked hard to get ahead, would also benefit from putting action on social mobility at the heart of social policy.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Anyhow, come election time, many people overseas will be delighted to demonstrate their ‘devotion to Britain’ (a quality the Uncle Nick expects to find by the bucketful in aspirant British Citizens) and their everlasting thanks to the great party of Palmerston and Thorpe by hanging up Liberal ‘Democrat’ posters in downtown Ougadougou or the leafy suburbs of Conakry.

    Top Cuckoo Speaks

  • After stumbling in both mass-market and subprime lending, former Chief Executive Michael Geoghegan and other executives refocused the bank's strategy, going after the affluent and what HSBC calls the "aspirant" affluent.

    HSBC Plans Course Correction

  • This time the aspirant was a gay young hostler, who conceived the desperate project of posing as the regent's son.

    The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa

  • The curricula extend from the rudiments of education clear through the advanced high school course entitling the aspirant to entrance into college or business life.

    Camp Bragg and Fayetteville. Sketches of Camp and City

  • These great artists, so dissimilar in the outward aspects of their creations, agree in considering that the only way of advancement open to the aspirant is the attempt to form himself on the example of others, by imitating them not slavishly or mechanically, but in the same spirit in which they imitated their forerunners: even as the

    Albert Durer

  • Tiahuana as perfectly satisfactory; but on the other I think there is reason in the objection raised by my Lord Huanacocha that the aspirant is a white man.

    Harry Escombe A Tale of Adventure in Peru

  • However, the condonation did not apply to any other non-lateral appointments to the SAPS, such as aspirant recruits.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The character of Sophia's flat, instead of repelling the wrong kind of aspirant, infallibly drew just that kind.

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • Olga Yatchevski proved to be a pretty, fair-haired little woman of girlish figure and sweet expression, and from the moment of their introduction the unkempt monk, after crossing himself and uttering a benediction, became greatly interested in her, the result being that she became an "aspirant," and her initiation into the secrets of the cult was arranged to take place on the following Wednesday.

    The Minister of Evil The Secret History of Rasputin's Betrayal of Russia

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