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



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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The case stems from a complaint filed in December 2020 by Justin Wetherell, a flight attendant and flight-attendant instructor who was hired by the airline in July 2015. Muri Assunção, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2022 Blanca Murcia, a Revere resident and room attendant at the Hyatt Centric, told a Globe reporter, speaking Spanish through a translator. Nick Stoico,, 5 Sep. 2022 Flight attendant Emily has been to 56 countries but the BATG set is where she's been longing to set foot on, in the hope of using the experience to show her vulnerable side. Alicia Vrajlal,, 20 July 2022 The Flight attendant brings me an OJ before takeoff. Cantor Glenn Sherman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 Doctors have prescribed Andary with 36 hours of daily in-home attendant care, which has cost more than $350,000 per year. Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2022 Despite her outdoor experience at that point, the attendant treated her like a novice. Outside Online, 23 Aug. 2022 The attendant was in her jumpseat, belted and got into the brace position. Stella Chan And Chris Boyette, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 After ripping the bag open and finding the dog, the customer notified a nearby attendant, who alerted authorities. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 29 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For communities, property values and the attendant taxes are a critical source of revenue for schools, fire protection and other key municipal services. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2022 This loan, and some attendant environmental approvals, required action by the state legislature on a tight schedule. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 1 Sep. 2022 Predators know all too well that ego—and its attendant dread of public ridicule—can be a powerful deterrent to reporting art crimes. Julie Belcove, Robb Report, 28 Aug. 2022 As a result, about 40 percent of the world’s arable land is now used to grow animal feed, with all the attendant environmental costs related to factors such as deforestation, water use, fertilizer runoff, pesticides and fossil fuel use. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 This, combined with mid-century federal funding for highways at the expense of all other forms of transit, further consolidated the exclusionary realities of the suburbs and their attendant malls. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, 22 Aug. 2022 For all its attendant controversy, Game of Thrones remade the fantasy genre for adults, and the show’s messages about the horrors of war and humanity’s tragic inability to unite in the face of common threats are more salient than ever. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 Aug. 2022 Other testimony was submitted against the bill by people who were skeptical that stations would continue to offer drivers the choice of having an attendant pump their gas, despite what the bill states. oregonlive, 8 Feb. 2022 Even sleeping under the stars, without all the attendant trekking, might help. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of attendant


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attendant


see attend


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“Attendant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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



Kids Definition of attendant (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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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