de·fen·dant /dɪˈfɛndənt, ||ˌdænt/
1. One who defends; a defender.
The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up. --Spotswood.
2. Law A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.
Note: ☞ The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends the claim, or admits it, and suffers a default; also to a party charged with a criminal offense.
1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. [Obs.]
With men of courage and with means defendant. --Shak.
2. Making defense.
n : a person or institution against whom an action is brought in
a court of law; the person being sued or accused [syn: suspect]