Definition of appellant in English:


Syllabification: ap·pel·lant
Pronunciation: /əˈpelənt


  • A person who applies to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.
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    • In the event, no evidence was given by the complainant or the appellant about these matters.
    • At the outset, the appellant applied for permission to have a mobile home on the land.
    • On the following day the appellant was arrested and he then made a full and frank admission.


late Middle English: from French apelant, literally 'appealing', from the verb apeler (see appeal).

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