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

Samuel Little was a boxer and an ambulance attendant. Rene Chun, The Atlantic, "Modern Life Has Made It Easier for Serial Killers to Thrive," 10 Sep. 2019 Inside the small building, an attendant jumps up in surprise to turn on the lights for the only visitor. The Economist, "Languages are a battleground for nationalists," 5 Sep. 2019 Residue of face powder coats the black granite countertops before an attendant swoops in with a cleaning rag. Laura Dimon, New York Times, "New York’s Hottest Makeup Counter: The Port Authority Bathroom," 23 Aug. 2019 Residue of face powder coats the black granite countertops before an attendant swoops in with a cleaning rag. Laura Dimon, BostonGlobe.com, "New York’s hottest makeup counter: The Port Authority bathroom," 22 Aug. 2019 Every day an attendant puts fresh washcloths scented with eucalyptus oil in a cold refrigerator for people who want to mop their brows while exercising. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles apartment owners race to add luxury amenities," 11 Aug. 2019 Hammam Mouassine Located in the heart of the medina, Marrakech’s oldest public bathhouse offers a refreshing treatment in which an attendant applies a purifying rhassoul mud wrap. Starlight Williams, National Geographic, "Finding the perfect soak in Marrakech," 7 Aug. 2019 By special arrangement with Cazenove + Loyd, an attendant drove us back to our hotel in a 1925 Morris Minor convertible. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 An attendant led me to a small intestine of a queue. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There were also preteens (with their attendant parents) and men in their 20s, and occasionally 30s. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Slurp Juice, Zip Lines and Teenagers: Welcome to the Fortnite World Cup," 28 July 2019 Also, at higher altitudes the sun’s rays are stronger, and the attendant eye risks increase. Time, "How Wearing Sunglasses Actually Impacts Your Eyes, According to Science," 26 Aug. 2019 Rather, they were unified by nothing so much as antipathy to America’s growing diversity, and an attendant feeling that whites were losing ground. The Economist, "The 2020 campaign will be more racially divisive than 2016 was," 18 July 2019 But the public has become increasingly aware of the problems attendant to mass incarceration and seems ready for a frank discussion. Lynn S. Adelman, Twin Cities, "Lynn S. Adelman: There’s another tough-on-crime law Democrats should focus their criticism on," 12 July 2019 Hundreds, in fact thousands, have made large cuts into the stocks in the past days and weeks, preparing against the day, but a final rush was expected with attendant excitement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 The breeze means that fans, with their attendant mechanical noises, are seldom required. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 The Hamptons had long been a playground for the Abstract Expressionist circle, and as Pollock did several years earlier, de Kooning made the move there to escape the distractions of his increasing fame and its attendant temptation of alcohol abuse. Stephen Ellis, The New York Review of Books, "Willem de Kooning: Acrobat with a Paint Brush," 1 June 2019 Nearly everyone has experienced a fever and its attendant symptoms—from fatigue and body aches to hot flashes and chills. Markham Heid, Time, "The Science Behind Fever Dreams," 11 June 2019

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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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