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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Banks grew up in Southern California, punted for Washington State and broke into coaching as a graduate assistant under Mike Price. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "The Pac-12 is at risk of losing its recruiting foothold on the West Coast, and Alabama smells blood," 7 Jan. 2019 The third, Sydney McNeal, wasn’t a CBS employee but worked as an assistant for Mr. Rose. Joe Flint, WSJ, "CBS News Settles Harassment Suit From Three Colleagues of Charlie Rose," 12 Dec. 2018 Harris got his start in coaching alongside Rod Thompson as both an assistant at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., where Bryce currently plays, and on Oklahoma Run PWP, an AAU team that the elder Thompson helped start. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This prospect has a Mizzou connection, but his dad played for KU’s Bill Self," 12 July 2018 Taylor spent four seasons as an assistant with the Stars, who made it to the Calder Cup championship series this past season. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three significant home stands and important finishing stretch highlight Milwaukee Admirals schedule," 11 July 2018 Jackson also contributed to the Musketeers program as a graduate assistant. Patrick Brennan,, "Travis Steele adds third assistant to 2018-19 Xavier coaching staff in former Musketeer Dante Jackson," 11 July 2018 Kika worked as Kanaan's assistant for five years before moving to Apex-Brasil, a major sponsor of the series and a personal sponsor of Kanaan's. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar community rallies around 'icon' in need," 6 July 2018 In addition, Stephanie McCaffrey joins the team as an administrative assistant after working as an assistant coach for the women’s team for 10 seasons. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Phil Martelli, St. Joe's announce changes to men's basketball staff," 28 June 2018 Later, the Trump parents hired two Irish women—Bridget Carroll and Dorothy Curry, who still works as Ivana's personal assistant to this day. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Born Trump: Inside America’s Family," 26 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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The first known use of assistant was in the 15th century

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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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