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attendant

[uh-ten-duh nt] /əˈtɛn dənt/
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
5.
being present or in attendance; accompanying.
6.
consequent; concomitant; associated; related:
winter holidays and attendant parties; war and its attendant evils; poverty and its attendant hardships.
Origin of attendant
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, present participle of attendre to notice, await. See attend, -ant
Related forms
attendantly, adverb
superattendant, noun, adjective
unattendant, adjective
Synonyms
1. escort, companion, comrade; follower, retainer, servant. 3. accompaniment, consequence.
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  • I have heard all about the attendant circumstances and the rescue of these lads.

    That Scholarship Boy Emma Leslie
  • There was a knock on the door of the box, and an attendant put in his head.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • One day he had gone to a retired place for a bath, and his attendant had gone to bring a suit.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • Nearer and louder came the music and the attendant vocal Babel.

  • First entered an attendant, bearing a large tray, on which were ranged several dozens of exceedingly small cups.

British Dictionary definitions for attendant

attendant

/əˈtɛndənt/
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 public: a lavatory attendant
3.
a person who is present
4.
a logical consequence or natural accompaniment: hatred is often an attendant of jealousy
adjective
5.
being in attendance
6.
associated; accompanying; related: attendant 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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