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attendant

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noun at·ten·dant \ə-ˈten-dənt\

Definition of attendant

  1. 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. 2 :  something that accompanies :  concomitant <the sword, ring, armor, and other attendants of knighthood>

  3. 3 :  attendee <attendants at the festival>

Examples of attendant in a sentence

  1. She let the parking attendant park her car.

  2. <let the hotel attendant help them with their bags>

Origin and Etymology of attendant

see attend


First Known Use: 15th century


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attendant

adjective at·ten·dant

Definition of attendant

  1. 1 :  accompanying, waiting upon, or following in order to perform service <Cherub and Seraph … attendant on their Lord — John Milton>

  2. 2 :  accompanying or following as a consequence or result <problems attendant on pollution> <civilization and its attendant morality — Robert Stone>

Examples of attendant in a sentence

  1. The town is trying to deal with the population boom and the attendant increase in traffic.

  2. <dreaded the coming flu season and the attendant flood of school absences>

Origin and Etymology of attendant

see attend


First Known Use: 14th century


ATTENDANT Defined for English Language Learners

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attendant

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noun at·ten·dant \ə-ˈten-dənt\

Definition of attendant for English Language Learners

  • : an assistant or servant

  • : an employee who serves or helps customers


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attendant

adjective at·ten·dant

Definition of attendant for English Language Learners

  • : coming with or following as a result


ATTENDANT Defined for Kids

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attendant

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noun at·ten·dant \ə-ˈten-dənt\

Definition of attendant for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who goes with or serves another <the king's attendants>

  2. 2 :  an employee who waits on or helps customers <a parking attendant>


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attendant

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adjective at·ten·dant

Definition of attendant for Students

  1. :  coming with or following closely as a result <heavy rain and its attendant flooding>


Medical Dictionary

attendant

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noun at·ten·dant \ə-ˈten-dənt\

Medical Definition of attendant

  1. :  a person who attends another to perform a service <ward attendants>



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