attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ ə-ˈten-dənt \

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

Only the recent rise in sovereign bond yields and the attendant spike in borrowing costs have been enough to discipline an Italian government now run by a motley coalition of left- and right-wing insurgents. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy’s ‘Doom Loops,’ Imagined and Real," 3 Jan. 2019 Nelson says that this minimum was set in the 1950s but was typically surpassed by at least one or two attendants. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 They’re joined by bridesmaids Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, and Maud Windsor, and special attendants Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte and a Pageboy Fell Heading to the Chapel for Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Heavy rain and attendant flooding were the main impacts in the Fort Benning area, where rainfall totaled 5 to 7 inches as the storm quickly weakened to an extratropical low pressure center shortly after landfall. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Was there a hurricane near Fort Benning, Ga., in the mid-1950s?," 21 June 2018 Getty Images And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed suit, taking this adorable pic with all the little wedding party attendants (like Princess Charlotte!) who stole the show on Saturday. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "See Harry and Meghan's Official Royal Wedding Portrait," 21 May 2018 Some British attendants, however, may have been experiencing such a speech for the first time. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Witnesses, including the gas station attendant, told police that Schleicher was the only person in the car. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "‘One of the worst DUI offenders in the U.S.’ arrested again — this time in Illinois," 6 Apr. 2018 Witnesses, including the gas station attendant, told police that Schleicher was the only person in the car. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "Serial drunk driver arrested in Riverside after trying to put kerosene in gas tank, police say," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His entitlement and attendant behavior are what create the true seismic shifts within the house; the house’s paranormal utterances feel more like aftershocks. Aja Romano, Vox, "How The Little Stranger uses its ghost story to mask a study in toxic masculinity," 6 Sep. 2018 The moment — and its attendant reactions, including from a delighted, gobsmacked Sterling K. Brown — may just be the only compelling argument that public proposals can be good. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 Along with the distillery, the orchard has an attendant road stand that sells pies, sweet cider, apple-cider vinegar, and up to 24,000 apple-cider doughnuts a day. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016 The craft is intended as a way to drop heavier cargo to planetary surfaces—like putting humans and their attendant supplies on Mars. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Flying Saucer Experiences a Parachute Problem," 4 June 2015 But family members are often voluntarily attendant throughout the day. Sushrut Jangi, BostonGlobe.com, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 Americans this year are leaving, on average, 7 percent of their annual income in their gas station attendant’s hand – a 1.5 percent increase over last summer. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Pain at the pump: Average gas price in Ohio 55 cents higher than 2017, AAA says," 13 June 2018 And the players were just finishing the attendant lap when Belichick started barking instructions more forcefully, and with colorful language, in Brady’s direction. Albert Breer, SI.com, "What Drama? It’s Business as Usual for Brady and the Patriots," 7 June 2018 But by virtue of their affiliation with a politician, everyone on the campaign should be insulated from any attendant scrutiny. Jay Willis, GQ, "Spygate: How Right-Wing Media Creates a Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air," 23 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)

: coming with or following as a result

attendant

noun
at·​ten·​dant | \ ə-ˈten-dənt \

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 \

Medical Definition of attendant

: a person who attends another to perform a service ward attendants

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