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aide

[eyd] /eɪd/
noun
2.
an aide-de-camp.
3.
an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.
Origin of aide
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism; < French: helper; see aid
Can be confused
aid, aide (see usage note at aid)
aides, aids, AIDS.
Usage note
See aid.
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Examples from the Web for aide
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  • An aide arrived with an order to Hertford, and then he loosed his eager cavalry.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • “We ought to be in the City of Mexico in a day or two, sir,” resumed the aide.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Jeffords and the aide bided here on the heights with the Indians.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • At the usual hour, his aide, coming for orders, rapped at his door.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • There was no answer, and, opening the door, the aide glanced inside.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for aide

aide

/eɪd/
noun
1.
an assistant
2.
(social welfare) an unqualified assistant to a professional welfare worker
3.
short for aide-de-camp
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Word Origin and History for aide
n.

1777, short for aide-de-camp (1660s), French, literally "camp assistant" (see aid (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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