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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With storm clouds gathering overhead, Rabbi pulls into the station and finds the attendant dead in the garage doorway. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Fargo recap: The future is now!," 16 Nov. 2020 Now making $9 an hour as a wheelchair attendant at Orlando International Airport, Gourgue said the pay hike would help his family. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Florida voters may boost minimum wage to $15 an hour," 2 Nov. 2020 Neither the Lincoln Project nor the pool attendant are defendants in the lawsuit. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty for Defamation, Ruining His ‘Legacy’," 29 Oct. 2020 Laid off from her job as a breakfast attendant at the Hyatt House hotel in Emeryville at the outset of the pandemic, Camacho, a single mom, is increasingly desperate to get her old union job back to support her two kids. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Gov. Newsom rejects California return-to-work bill," 30 Sep. 2020 This is a particularly tricky moment, because when a body is moved, air and droplets of moisture from the lungs can spray out — into the room and onto McGuire and her partner, forensic attendant Jerry Meza. Los Angeles Times, "From healthcare worker to patient: Death in Room 311," 12 Dec. 2020 Ramona Russum, 51, a gallery attendant at the Dallas Museum of Art who lives in Irving, TX, thinks similarly. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "“I Keep It Off My Nose”: Inside The Twisted Logic Of Anti-Maskers," 25 Nov. 2020 Riola then approached a valet parking attendant and got in a vehicle that was already running, according to the statement. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Florida man sentenced to 10 years for carjacking in Oakbrook Center mall parking lot," 25 Nov. 2020 Shoppers who are uneasy about using the internet can place orders and lodge complaints with an attendant’s help at chemists and floating petrol stations. The Economist, "Bundles in the jungle How e-commerce works in the Amazon rainforest," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Good thing Maddie—ever the master chronicler of the weird world of startups, with its attendant jargon, wardrobe, and rituals—was allowed to stay on her old company’s Slack, just lurking, mining for fodder. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "How to Draw Office Dynamics," 5 Jan. 2021 A century later, the coronavirus pandemic sparked similar false claims, this time circulating on social media, but no attendant bump in purchases. Washington Post, "Fewer people than usual will pop bottles of bubbly at midnight. Pour one out for France’s Champagne region.," 31 Dec. 2020 The rest of the first half played out with all the attendant oddities of a Tuesday prime-time game. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Sparked by Lamar Jackson, Ravens roll past Cowboys, 34-17, to keep playoff hopes alive," 8 Dec. 2020 Costs will also include the chemotherapy needed to eliminate patients diseased blood stem cells, and the attendant hospital stay. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "CRISPR and another genetic strategy fix cell defects in two common blood disorders," 5 Dec. 2020 If automatic voting is not proscribed, the Department of Labor should emphasize the due-diligence requirements attendant upon acceptance of proxy advisers’ recommendations. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "Toward Protection of Retiree Financial Interests," 20 Oct. 2020 Later that same week, Szymanski learned from the coroner’s investigator about Puliafito’s involvement and the attendant interest in the case from The Times. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "An infant dies, a millionaire doctor calls 911, and a tale emerges of drugs, love and suspected crime," 2 Dec. 2020 The show and its attendant publicity have been a boon for contestants. Leslie Cardé, NOLA.com, "Food Network show helps New Orleans baker rise to the occasion with scenes built from cake," 2 Dec. 2020 But here was this unknown person in the CC field, suddenly at my side like an attendant bearing Q-tips in a German men’s room. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List?," 30 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attendant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Attendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attendant. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for attendant

attendant

noun
How to pronounce attendant (audio)

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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