assistant

noun
as·​sis·​tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce assistant (audio) \

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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Before working at The Seattle Times, Scott was a news assistant at National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Homeless shelters that can be built in around 20 minutes without tools. Did political theater in Seattle this week showcase a practical solution?," 13 Apr. 2019 Bella Cacciatore is the beauty assistant at Glamour. Glamour, "L’Oréal Paris’ Voluminous X Fiber Is the Best Fiber Mascara I’ve Ever Used," 12 Apr. 2019 In her brief cameo, Devyn is an assistant to a businessman that Chuck is trying to win over, before of course embroiling himself in a scheme with Blair. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""The Bold Type" Star Meghann Fahy on Her "Terrifying" First TV Gig on "Gossip Girl"," 9 Apr. 2019 Before working at The Seattle Times, Scott was a news assistant at National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Tell us your stories about home and homelessness," 27 Mar. 2019 The Hamburg, Germany native began his career in fashion as Pierre Balmain's assistant in 1955. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld Passes Away in Paris," 19 Feb. 2019 Before working at The Seattle Times, Scott was a news assistant at National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Vote: What do you want to know about why people are homeless?," 20 Feb. 2019 Dave Hamra, a financial planner in Tucson who was Mr. Bogle’s assistant at Vanguard in 1987 and 1988, recalls playing a squash match in which he was tied with Mr. Bogle with one point to go. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Vanguard’s Founder: A Force of Nature," 18 Jan. 2019 Release Date: August 15 Imagine being an assistant who has to stay late all the time because your boss doesn't have a social life? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Romantic Movies You Have to See in 2018 if You're a Hopeless Romantic," 24 Aug. 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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The first known use of assistant was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for assistant

assistant

noun

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

assistant

adjective
as·​sis·​tant | \ ə-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce assistant (audio) \

Kids Definition of assistant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting as a helper to another an assistant manager

assistant

noun

Kids Definition of assistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who assists another

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