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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On the ground floor, Prager and her assistants had remade a shop’s windows into those of an electronics store called Eddie’s, complete with nineties-era cassette boom boxes and clock radios. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Alex Prager is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles.," 1 Sep. 2019 Narbonne has a new principal, new assistant principal and new athletic director. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Narbonne suffers big loss in wake of investigation," 31 Aug. 2019 Zavala left Monterey Hills Elementary in South Pasadena this summer after a four-year run as an assistant principal to head back to the school district that helped raise and mold her as a student, parent and teacher. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Muir Elementary School’s new principal enjoys homecoming," 30 Aug. 2019 Sending your assistant into press conferences is weak., "Football Manager 2020: 6 Features We Want to See in the Latest Edition," 29 Aug. 2019 Davis, who served the last four years as assistant principal, has been in education for roughly 20 years. Maia Anderson,, "New principal, assistant principal at Olive-Mary Stitt as school year begins for Arlington Heights School District 25," 26 Aug. 2019 Under his assistant, Gene Littles, the Nuggets went 3-13 before he was replaced by Bickerstaff. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "2019 Rockies? 1999 Broncos? Ranking Colorado’s most-disappointing pro sports seasons," 25 Aug. 2019 Formerly an assistant principal at the school for 14 years, Dinkins was named acting principal for the 2019-2020 school year, after former principal Dwayne Jones retired at the end of the past school year. Katie Jones,, "New but familiar faces at the helms of two Laurel schools," 22 Aug. 2019 Who’s out: Karl Newsome, who will become an assistant principal at Jackson Middle School., "The principal shuffle: Who’s in and who’s out at Portland Public Schools," 21 Aug. 2019

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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 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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