from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An officer in the British Colleges of Heralds who ranks below a herald.
- n. A follower or attendant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. follower
- n. a herald of the College of Arms
- n. a Grand Lodge Officer who guards the inner door during a meeting of the Grand Lodge
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The king's messenger; a state messenger.
- transitive v. To pursue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A follower, attendant, or messenger; especially, one who attended the king in his wars.
- n. A state messenger; an officer who executes warrants.
- n. One of the third and lowest order of heraldic officers.
- To pursue; follow after; chase.
Middle English pursevant, attendant, from Old French poursuivant, from present participle of poursuivre, to follow, from Vulgar Latin *prōsequere; see pursue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French pursuivant, present participle of pursuivre (‘to follow’). (Wiktionary)