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 The California Court of Appeal recently clarified the wage rights of the thousands of personal attendants working in California households. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Live-in personal attendants: When the law at work hits home," 14 Oct. 2019 The hope is that this will delegitimize not only any information that emerges from Ukraine but the whole of the Justice Department’s investigation of intelligence and law-enforcement abuses of power attendant to the 2016 election. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Do Republicans See the Strategy to Discredit the Barr Investigation?," 2 Oct. 2019 Anita McGee works seven days a week as a parking attendant in downtown Key West. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Whose Key West? Climate change is driving up the price of paradise.," 1 Mar. 2019 American journalists of the time reported on Carl’s work on the portrait in Beijing, as well as its journey to St. Louis by train and steamship via Shanghai, Honolulu, and San Francisco, accompanied by an honor guard of one hundred attendants. Emiko Usui, The New York Review of Books, "Mothers of the State," 10 Feb. 2019 The photos taken by the staff photographer, who provided a statement to the sheriff’s office along with a character attendant, were used to identify Sherman after the incident. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Man Allegedly Groped Costumed Princess Character at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom," 6 Nov. 2019 Residents would drive their vehicles into the building and waste would be removed by attendants. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Pomfret Considers A Regional Environmental Depot," 30 Sep. 2019 Bales said the officials took particular interest in mobile bathrooms that have been set up and spoke with attendants who manage them. Los Angeles Times, "Trump team’s homeless tour of L.A. sparks suspicions," 11 Sep. 2019 There's the Jungle Pool, surrounded by greenery and equipped with pool attendants that provide everything from ice water to an hourly Evian water spritz (seriously). Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Santa Barbara Resort Is Filled With Spanish Colonial Architecture and Hollywood History," 23 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Singapore’s economy, slowing sharply because of the U.S.-China trade war and attendant supply-chain dislocations in Asia, is threatening to push up bad loans. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Homework Time, Singapore Banks. You’re Grounded," 11 Nov. 2019 Not that there aren’t plenty of excuses for slipping up, given the immensity of the task and its attendant glitches – the outdated lists, the telephone tag, the last-minute head-count changes. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "One woman embraces Third Commandment in feeding 1,600 at Thanksgiving," 1 Nov. 2019 By that time, Wong had secured his place as one of the most influential leaders in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, with all attendant perks and indignities. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Joshua Wong’s Long Campaign for the Future of Hong Kong," 23 Oct. 2019 But the past decade or two is an indication that a growing middle class in China means far higher levels of consumption—with its attendant waste and pollution. Daniel K. Gardner, The New Republic, "“What About China?” Is a Bad Response to the Climate Crisis," 20 Sep. 2019 All of this contributes to a breakdown of trust, with its attendant impact on social cohesion and economic performance. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Scientific American, "The American Economy Is Rigged," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Attendant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attendant?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=attend03. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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