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 service attendant confirmed that real meals were still in the cards on the Chief. Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times, "Amtrak’s Southwest Chief lives to ride the rails another day," 2 Sep. 2019 The queue of applicants—there were 251 in line as of late July—and the attendant monthslong waiting times are frustrating scientists interested in the basic biology and therapeutic possibilities of cannabis. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can't keep up with requests to study cannabis," 19 Aug. 2019 Published in Costume, the study notes that locals had long believed Parry worked on the fabric herself and later gifted it to the church, which boasts a memorial to the royal attendant. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See Scrap of Cloth Believed to Be From Elizabeth I’s Only Surviving Dress," 15 Aug. 2019 The attendants then got into the melee and also started to toss cake and icing. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: Woman struggles with honoring marriage vows while trying to figure out her sexual orientation," 14 Aug. 2019 The hotel attendant who checked Henry in at midnight shook his head. The Christian Science Monitor, "The latest lesson in how to end a conflict," 6 Aug. 2019 The ongoing Justice Department and congressional inquiries into the investigations attendant to the 2016 election are wide-ranging. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The DOJ Will Not Prosecute James Comey over Trump Memos," 3 Aug. 2019 The gas station attendant had called for deputies and accused Gonzalez of stealing beer. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Deputy accused of excessive force tells jury he wishes he’d had a body camera," 8 July 2019 The clubhouse attendants even made a throwback jersey for Skaggs when the team celebrated the 1970s last weekend at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles Times, "Angels’ return to Texas a jarring reminder of Tyler Skaggs’ death," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 My reasons were rooted in the sense that hijab, with all of its attendant complexities, was hindering my spiritual journey. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "An Excerpt From ‘When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom’," 26 May 2019 The elusiveness of this attendant spirit may be the answer that Roberto Baggio and his sympathisers have been looking for since that penalty kick was so uncharacteristically missed. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - Roberto Baggio & the Elusive Daemon of Genius," 13 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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