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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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

Spectators, held to a strict coat-and-tie dress code and no-phones policy by attendants in bowler hats, pack the sides of the roughly 2,000-meter course daily. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Temple can't escape an American dynasty at England's Henley Royal Regatta," 6 July 2018 We are trained yearly in hundreds of possible scenarios as attendants. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "United, American Airlines: Don't Use Our Planes to Transport Kids Separated from their Families," 20 June 2018 The video starts with the woes of Taylor's life as a rich and famous human—she's attacked by a crazy theater attendant, forced to walk in sync with her army of security guards, etc. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift's "Delicate" Video Is Here and It's Weird," 12 Mar. 2018 On the night of July 16, 1918, seven prisoners, and their four attendants, were led into a basement by roughly the same number of guards. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "A Century Ago, the Romanovs Met a Gruesome End," 26 June 2018 There is always at least one bus attendant and a driver on each bus, White said. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "School bus attendant arrested for assault," 13 June 2018 Emil Jannings is the hotel doorman whose life is ruined when he is shunted to semiretirement as a lavatory attendant and his beautiful uniform is taken away from him. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Architecture / Film / Foreign / On Video Check in, then check out these five iconic hotel movies," 16 May 2018 Some families may already be paying for a personal care attendant and other services, such as transportation and housekeeping, from an agency. Cincinnati.com, "Think You Can’t Afford Hospice Care? Guess Again," 19 Feb. 2018 There is an onboard attendant, a communal lounge area, free water, coffee, and tea, and even melatonin-laced water if need a little help dozing off. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "This Brand New Luxury Bus Company Aspires To Be 'The Ritz Carlton On Wheels'," 27 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The attendant harm of Trump’s policy is undeniable. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Racist Immigration Policy Is Backfiring on Trump," 25 May 2018 Disappointment is the Mariners’ specialty, and so is the attendant sadness of a team that doesn’t so much fail to get over the hump as even get within striking distance of it. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Robinson Canó​'s Suspension Just the Latest Cruel Twist for the Playoff-Starved Mariners," 15 May 2018 Such individuals are at risk for suicide, now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, the latter in an attempt to treat their worsening depression and often attendant anxiety. Charles B. Nemeroff, M.d., Ph.d., miamiherald, "New stem cell clinical trial for treatment-resistant depression and depression-alcoholism | Miami Herald," 14 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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