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

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

The inherent value of more six-figure jobs coming to the DC region, and the attendant industries that will support them, should not be overlooked. Alex Baca, Vox, "I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.," 20 Nov. 2018 Princess Eugenie's adorable bridal attendants all wore ivy in their hair, as the accompanied her down the aisle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 Their biggest worry, said McKnight, who had worked as a wheelchair attendant at Philadelphia International Airport for more than seven years, was job security. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "It took 6 years for PHL airport workers to double their pay to $12. Here's how they did it," 11 June 2018 Corin encouraged attendants to hound their local politicians for change. Thom Craver, CBS News, "Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of MLK Jr., shares her dream at "March for Our Lives"," 24 Mar. 2018 Middle- and upper-class families spent lavishly on funerals, which would include not just silk winding sheets and coffins made of hardwood or brass, but also hired attendants waving black ostrich feathers—the more the better. Colin Dickey, New Republic, "What Winchester Gets Wrong About an American Landmark," 7 Feb. 2018 The female attendants wear blue sarong kebayas, which were designed by Pierre Balmain in 1968. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 As any longtime Cubs fan can tell you, Kawano, 97, was the ageless clubhouse attendant made famous over the years by Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau, Harry Caray and other legendary TV and radio broadcasters. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Locking up Cubs legend Yosh Kawano also got Supreme Court OK," 27 June 2018 The guests enjoyed the minimal security, attendants who included formerly homeless people and a culturally sensitive music playlist, which ranged from classic R&B to soft rock and jazz, Porter said. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "It took more than a decade to open public bathrooms on skid row. After three months, they're already gone," 29 May 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)

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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