as·sis·tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt \

Definition of assistant 

1 : a person who assists someone : helper also : a person holding an assistantship

2 : a device or product that provides assistance software assistants personal digital assistant — see pda entry 1

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Other words from assistant

assistant adjective

Examples of assistant in a Sentence

an assistant to the college president an assistant to the store manager a wealthy executive who has a personal assistant
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Barrio was most recently at the University of Nevada as senior associate director of athletics for intercollegiate services and a special assistant to the president. Kelli Stacy,, "Central Connecticut State University Names New Athletic Director," 12 July 2018 The younger Betts — his mother Paulette was a personal assistant to Cher, who was married to Gregg Allman in the 1970s — will play at Peach with a band led by Gregg’s son Devon. Dan Deluca,, "Guitar great Dickey Betts on unretiring, mourning the Allman brothers, and why he'll always be a 'Ramblin' Man'," 12 July 2018 My first job after the Page Program was the assistant to Kate Snow and Harry Smith, two (NBC) correspondents. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a journalist for the younger generation: 'Stay Tuned' host Savannah Sellers," 10 July 2018 Head coach Marc Jackson, now an assistant at Cypress Creek, guided the Pioneers to back-to-back winning seasons (2002 and 2003) for the first time at Oak Ridge since the mid-70s. Chris Hays,, "Coach Clint Johnson hopes to return Oak Ridge to glory," 10 July 2018 Her mother is a special education assistant at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord. New York Times, "Lisa Hill, Theodore Ellis," 8 July 2018 Livreri has spent the past seven years as an assistant at Utah, including the past two as the Utes’ associate head coach. Michael Lycklama, idahostatesman, "New Boise State softball coach ‘can take this program to the next level’," 5 July 2018 At the time, Gonzalez-Jones was an assistant to the show’s executive producer. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Dancing with the Stars Champ J.R. Martinez Marries Longtime Girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones," 3 July 2018 Barry Bonds will have his jersey retired by the San Francisco Giants, Roger Clemens works within the Houston Astros organization as a special assistant to the general manager and Alex Rodriguez is back with the New York Yankees as an adviser. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Sammy Sosa doesn't care what people think about his skin bleaching," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of assistant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assistant

see assist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of assistant

: a person who helps someone; especially : a person whose job is to help another person to do work

: a person whose job is to help the customers in a store


as·sis·tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt \

Kids Definition of assistant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting as a helper to another an assistant manager



Kids Definition of assistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who assists another

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