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attendant

[uh-ten-duh nt]
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noun
  1. a person who attends another, as to perform a service.
  2. Chiefly British. an usher or clerk.
  3. a corollary or concomitant thing or quality.
  4. a person who is present, as at a meeting.
adjective
  1. being present or in attendance; accompanying.
  2. consequent; concomitant; associated; related: winter holidays and attendant parties; war and its attendant evils; poverty and its attendant hardships.

Origin of attendant

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, present participle of attendre to notice, await. See attend, -ant
Related formsat·tend·ant·ly, adverbsu·per·at·tend·ant, noun, adjectiveun·at·tend·ant, adjective

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1. escort, companion, comrade; follower, retainer, servant. 3. accompaniment, consequence.
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attendant

noun
  1. a person who accompanies or waits upon another
  2. a person employed to assist, guide, or provide a service for others, esp for the general publica lavatory attendant
  3. a person who is present
  4. a logical consequence or natural accompanimenthatred is often an attendant of jealousy
adjective
  1. being in attendance
  2. associated; accompanying; relatedattendant problems
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Word Origin and History for attendant

n.

1550s, "one who waits upon," from the adjective, or from Middle French atendant, noun use of present participle of atendre (see attend).

adj.

late 14c., "solicitous, attentive," see attendant (n.). Sense of "serving under, accompanying in a dependant position" is from c.1400.

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