Definition of dependant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈpendənt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendənt//
(British English, Canadian English) (also dependent North American English, British English) Raising children
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a person, especially a child, who depends on another person for a home, food, money, etc. Married women receive only the basic pension as their husband’s dependant. See related entries: Raising children Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a dependency): from Old French, literally ‘hanging down from’, present participle of dependre, from Latin dependere, from de- ‘down’ + pendere ‘hang’.