attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ə-ˈten-dənt \

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

Those interested in serving as a substitute teacher, secretary, custodian, food service worker, bus driver, bus attendant, school nurse or health assistant should submit an online application by July 27. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 All eyes are on the bride and, to a lesser extent, the attendants — especially if there are cute little kids in the wedding party. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Going for a strong shoulder with (still stylish) shoulder pads," 10 July 2018 An account from an attendant aboard a flight transferring 16 unaccompanied children who were taken from their parents at the border. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "A Homeland Security spokesman ranted at U.S. airlines for criticizing Trump’s child separation policy.," 20 June 2018 News' red carpet cameras caught Jenner putting her hand on the back of an attendant who was getting in her shot. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Do Not Get in Kendall Jenner's Shot When She's Posing on the Red Carpet," 8 May 2018 Already hotels like New York's Public and London's Pilgrm have said adieu to that faithful piece of travel infrastructure in exchange for roaming attendants and tablets. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Hotels Should Get Rid of the Front Desk," 26 Jan. 2018 No, Dems’ practical efforts are best directed toward bottling up Trump’s headlong regulatory rollback and attendant gross corruption. David Roberts, Vox, "After the midterms, US climate politics are even more polarized. Here’s how Dems can move forward.," 12 Nov. 2018 George and Charlotte were even attendants in Harry and Meghan's May wedding. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Didn't Announce Their Pregnancy at Eugenie & Jack's Wedding," 15 Oct. 2018 Jack Brooksbank and His Best Man Prince Harry and His Best Man Like Brooksbank, Harry picked his brother as his attendant. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 And the players were just finishing the attendant lap when Belichick started barking instructions more forcefully, and with colorful language, in Brady’s direction. Albert Breer, SI.com, "What Drama? It’s Business as Usual for Brady and the Patriots," 7 June 2018 But by virtue of their affiliation with a politician, everyone on the campaign should be insulated from any attendant scrutiny. Jay Willis, GQ, "Spygate: How Right-Wing Media Creates a Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air," 23 May 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)

: coming with or following as a result

attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ə-ˈten-dənt \

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 \

Medical Definition of attendant 

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

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