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

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
Recent Examples on the Web They won’t yet be understood by Google’s voice assistant, which limits them to text-to-text translations for now. Franklin Briceño And Matt O'brien, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2022 But new Dejima resident Martijn Remei—a part-Dutch, part-Chinese medical assistant—soon discovered that the rules had become no less stringent. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 They won't yet be understood by Google's voice assistant, which limits them to text-to-text translations for now. Matt O'brien,, 11 May 2022 The subplots are plentiful and full of memorable performances: Jimmy (Mr. Downs), Deborah’s manager, is saddled with an assistant, Kayla (a terrific Megan Stalter), who has no boundaries but is, unfortunately, the daughter of Jimmy’s boss. John Anderson, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Messier and Taiba were handed off to a former assistant, Tim Yakteen, so the ghost of the white-haired trainer hovered beneath the Twin Spires. New York Times, 8 May 2022 It was cut off after eight games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but last year, in Pierzynski’s first full season as an assistant, TFA (31-1) won the Class 3A state championship. Steve Gorches, Orlando Sentinel, 6 May 2022 Beverly Hills salon, with clear and luminous skin (and an assistant carrying a bag full of Darden’s products in tow). Hannah Coates, Vogue, 6 May 2022 Ultimately, Bayer hopes audiences will empathize with, and maybe even relate to, the cast of flawed characters, including a two-faced assistant, a mean-girl mom-fluencer, and of course, a woman faking cancer. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of assistant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assistant

Middle English assistent, borrowed from Anglo-French assistant, assistent, noun derivative of assistant, assistent, adjective, "assisting, helpful," from present participle of assister "to help, aid" — more at assist entry 1

Note: In the case of both this word and assistance Modern English has chosen the French form with -a- in the suffix rather than Latin -e-.

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19 May 2022

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“Assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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



Kids Definition of assistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who assists another

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