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

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 The Philadelphia Phillies have missed games after a coach and a clubhouse attendant tested positive. oregonlive, "Do you believe in miracles? College football and the Pac-12 certainly seem to: Issues & Answers," 1 Aug. 2020 The postponement comes after the Phillies announced that two staff members, one coach and one clubhouse attendant, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Phillies-Blue Jays weekend series reportedly postponed over COVID-19 concerns," 30 July 2020 Barnes, who lives in Sandston in eastern Henrico County, makes $9.40 an hour as a personal care attendant for people who otherwise would have to go to nursing homes. Michael Martz, Washington Post, "Virginia home health aides look for state relief in pandemic," 12 July 2020 And really, guests may never want to leave those chairs as a poolside ice cream attendant, sunglass doctor, and churro maker, will all be there to attend to their needs. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Forage for Seafood With a Chef Before Floating the Lazy River at This Luxury Resort in Punta Mita," 12 July 2020 Jones is a patient safety attendant and works one-to-one with patients who might be at fall-risk or pulling out their IVs, including COVID-19 patients. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "A Navajo family moved to Flagstaff to work at the hospital. Then they all got COVID-19," 10 July 2020 The semi-private sleeper cabins include a pair of seats that can be converted into an upper and lower berth for sleeping as well as a sleeping attendant to help with luggage and turndown service. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Amtrak's Buy One Get One Free Sale for Roomettes Has Tickets for As Low As $193," 8 July 2020 Roomettes come standard across all of these trains, with two seats during the day and two sleeping bunks at night (an attendant will come make the switch for you during your journey) and complimentary meals delivered to your room. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Amtrak Roomette Sale Is Great For Socially Distant Travel," 7 July 2020 Even before Caesars Southern Indiana reopened on June 15, an alarm went off for Anjila Gaudet, a slot attendant at the casino in Elizabeth, Indiana. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Hundreds of Caesars Southern Indiana employees sign petition to demand safety changes," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Middle-class Han Chinese women now say the national two-child policy and its attendant propaganda put additional stress on them to replenish a shrinking labor force, and have led to a surge in workplace discrimination. Mei Fong, The Atlantic, "China’s Xinjiang Policy: Less About Births, More About Control," 11 July 2020 In May, the Palestinian leadership pre-emptively declared the suspension of the Oslo Accords and their attendant security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "Israel’s Annexation Plan, a New Era in Palestinian Resistance," 2 July 2020 Moshfegh’s dark perspective makes crime fiction and its attendant moods a natural territory for her. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Ottessa Moshfegh’s Pursuit of Disgust," 23 June 2020 Like backers of some of the most popular events on this year’s social calendar, Jones has seen his efforts to host hundreds thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant mandates for lockdowns and social distancing. NBC News, "Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns," 11 June 2020 But the Great Depression and its attendant deflation indicated that this point might never come. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Lost Rebellious Spirit of Keynes," 9 June 2020 These instructions have also been printed on flyers; an attendant hands me one to keep in my car as a reminder. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "I Went to a Drive-In Theater to Feel Normal. The Opposite Happened.," 5 June 2020 Now, coronavirus and its attendant shutdowns — of theaters, galleries, conservatories, studios — pose an existential threat to the arts communities that remain. Carly Stern, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s artists are struggling more than ever in coronavirus shutdown," 22 May 2020 In other words, the illness, and its attendant economic pain, will continue. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The reopening dilemma: Saving lives vs. saving the economy is a false tradeoff, economists say," 4 May 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attendant. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for attendant

attendant

noun
How to pronounce attendant (audio)

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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