attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ ə-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce attendant (audio) \

Definition of attendant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who attends another to perform a service the bride and her attendants especially : an employee who waits on customers a gas-station attendant
2 : something that accompanies : concomitant the sword, ring, armor, and other attendants of knighthood
3 : attendee attendants at the festival

attendant

adjective

Definition of attendant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : accompanying, waiting upon, or following in order to perform service Cherub and Seraph … attendant on their Lord— John Milton
2 : accompanying or following as a consequence or result problems attendant on pollution civilization and its attendant morality— Robert Stone

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Synonyms for attendant

Synonyms: Noun

companion, escort, guard, guide

Synonyms: Adjective

consequent, consequential, due (to), resultant

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Examples of attendant in a Sentence

Noun

She let the parking attendant park her car. let the hotel attendant help them with their bags

Adjective

The town is trying to deal with the population boom and the attendant increase in traffic. dreaded the coming flu season and the attendant flood of school absences
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dressed in a glittering gold bodysuit and robe by The Blonds, the Pose star was carried onto the carpet by a group of shirtless male attendants—all of them, naturally, also dressed in gold. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Arrived on the Met Gala Red Carpet Fully Dressed as an Egyptian Sun God," 6 May 2019 Rather, all of the bridal attendants were children. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meet Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 20 Feb. 2019 During a 10-day visit to Moscow in March 1974, I was fascinated by the phenomenon of several uninspired coat-check attendants lazing about. WSJ, "A Jobs Guarantee Is a Fundamental Change," 27 Nov. 2018 The spa attendant will point you in the right direction. Arielle Franklin, Health.com, "These 6 Spas and Hotels Are Offering Great Deals for Global Wellness Day," 7 June 2018 Per the Mirror: Royal insiders revealed the first rehearsal was so chaotic that the tiny attendants had another practice on Friday … when it was decided their mums should accompany them into the chapel. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Gossip From the Royal Wedding," 22 May 2018 On Saturday morning, hundreds of festival attendants led by tour guides crisscrossed the lake's crunchy white shoreline to experience one of the most spectacular avian shows nature has to offer in California. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "Owens Lake: Former toxic dust bowl transformed into environmental success," 28 Apr. 2018 Ismael Martinez, one of the attendants at the Sudz-Sational Hand Car Wash at 7811 W. Grand Ave. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Car smashes through back wall of Elmwood Park car wash, leaving building in weakened condition," 14 Mar. 2018 The president of the Association of Flight Attendants — who said she had been groped herself — told PBS a survey found 20 percent of attendants have been told of an assault on their plane, suggesting there are thousands of such incidents. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "She says she was groped on a Delta flight — then told to sit down and ‘let it roll off your back’," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My reasons were rooted in the sense that hijab, with all of its attendant complexities, was hindering my spiritual journey. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "An Excerpt From ‘When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom’," 26 May 2019 The elusiveness of this attendant spirit may be the answer that Roberto Baggio and his sympathisers have been looking for since that penalty kick was so uncharacteristically missed. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - Roberto Baggio & the Elusive Daemon of Genius," 13 May 2018 His entitlement and attendant behavior are what create the true seismic shifts within the house; the house’s paranormal utterances feel more like aftershocks. Aja Romano, Vox, "How The Little Stranger uses its ghost story to mask a study in toxic masculinity," 6 Sep. 2018 The moment — and its attendant reactions, including from a delighted, gobsmacked Sterling K. Brown — may just be the only compelling argument that public proposals can be good. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 Along with the distillery, the orchard has an attendant road stand that sells pies, sweet cider, apple-cider vinegar, and up to 24,000 apple-cider doughnuts a day. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016 The craft is intended as a way to drop heavier cargo to planetary surfaces—like putting humans and their attendant supplies on Mars. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Flying Saucer Experiences a Parachute Problem," 4 June 2015 But family members are often voluntarily attendant throughout the day. Sushrut Jangi, BostonGlobe.com, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 Americans this year are leaving, on average, 7 percent of their annual income in their gas station attendant’s hand – a 1.5 percent increase over last summer. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Pain at the pump: Average gas price in Ohio 55 cents higher than 2017, AAA says," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of attendant

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attendant

Noun

see attend

Adjective

see attend

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The first known use of attendant was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for attendant

attendant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attendant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an assistant or servant
: an employee who serves or helps customers

attendant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of attendant (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : coming with or following as a result

attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ ə-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce attendant (audio) \

Kids Definition of attendant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who goes with or serves another the king's attendants
2 : an employee who waits on or helps customers a parking attendant

attendant

adjective

Kids Definition of attendant (Entry 2 of 2)

: coming with or following closely as a result heavy rain and its attendant flooding

attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ ə-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce attendant (audio) \

Medical Definition of attendant

: a person who attends another to perform a service ward attendants

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