Definition of appellant in US English:



  • A person who applies to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He held that the respondents did not lead the appellants to believe that they would be granted a lease.’
    • ‘In this case a number of appellants have been convicted of more than one bank robbery.’
    • ‘In the event, no evidence was given by the complainant or the appellant about these matters.’


Late Middle English: from French apelant, literally ‘appealing’, from the verb apeler (see appeal).