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 Another person who accompanied Trump to the debate, White House aide Nick Luna, the president's personal attendant, also has tested positive since the event, according to multiple reports. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "The White House has been unclear on timeline leading up to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. Here's more details on his travels in the past week.," 26 Sep. 2020 Jessy Morancy of Hollywood, Florida, was laid off Friday from her job as a wheelchair attendant and customer service agent at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Christopher S. Rugaber, The Denver Post, "U.S. unemployment claims soar to 3.3 million — quadrupling record from 1982 — as layoffs from coronavirus engulf economy," 26 Mar. 2020 The agreement with buildings and grounds temporarily reduces the work hours for 11 maintenance workers, 28 custodians, one assistant head custodian and one dock attendant. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "OPRF school board approves reduced hours for buildings, grounds, safety employees," 29 Sep. 2020 Jett said the first indication that her family might be kicked off came when a flight attendant whispered to her that another attendant wanted to remove them. Lina Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando woman removed from Southwest flight after 2-year-old wouldn’t wear mask," 23 Sep. 2020 Cars that are parked there on Tuesday morning will be moved to the new garage, and a parking attendant will be on-site to assist passengers in locating their vehicles. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Parking and TRAX changes at Salt Lake International Airport," 9 Sep. 2020 Three-thousand people died, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and attendant fires. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, "They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?," 28 Aug. 2020 Melissa Espinar, 26, works with her partner as a slot attendant at a Miami Gardens casino; both were temporarily laid off in March and then permanently in July. sun-sentinel.com, "As virus wanes in Florida, a city battles ‘pandemic fatigue’," 2 Sep. 2020 The couple had met Granda nine years ago, when Granda, then 20 years old, was a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and the Falwells were guests. CBS News, "Liberty University announces probe of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s tenure amid scandal," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My student was right: The coronavirus and its attendant difficulties are awful. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Pandemic teaching, in their words," 6 Oct. 2020 Its black exterior and all 530 stars won’t be repainted like in 2010, due to budget constraints brought on by COVID-19 and the attendant closure since mid-March. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "First Ave adding George Floyd star, 'Purple Rain'-era marquee in latest repainting," 23 Sep. 2020 In California, the upshot was a reduction in annual burning by 95 percent, and an attendant increase in the state’s vulnerability to fires. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 17 Sep. 2020 These violent fantasies are not unique to this era of massively networked disinformation, of Trump and QAnon, the pandemic and its attendant moral panics over masks and vaccines. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Era of Disaster Militiaism in America," 15 Sep. 2020 Eye mask, face moisturizer, the cart with wines and liquors that an attendant pushes along the aisle now and then. Don Delillo, Harper's Magazine, "Time to Destination," 15 Sep. 2020 Menopause and its attendant health concerns are one area that’s still largely neglected. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The MoMA Design store spotlights women’s products not designed by men," 18 Aug. 2020 Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle and Ellery Queen are the attendant muses, with transgressive touches suggested by Patricia Highsmith. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Murder Mystery as Math Problem," 14 Aug. 2020 The attendant chatter on social media focused on whether or not Irving—who was injured at the time and couldn’t play in the bubble anyway, and who has occasionally floated flat-earth theories—was serious. Jay Caspian Kang, The New York Review of Books, "Ball Don’t Lie," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attendant. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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