Definition of professant in US English:

professant

noun

  • A person who professes; now specifically a person entering a religious order.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Brathwait (?1588–1673), poet and writer. From profess + -ant. Compare French professant, present participle of professer (apparently not used in French as adjective or noun).

Pronunciation

professant

/prəˈfɛsnt/