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  1. nurse's aide.
  2. an aide-de-camp.
  3. an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.
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Origin of aide

1770–80, Americanism; < French: helper; see aid
Can be confusedaid aide (see usage note at aid)aides aids AIDS

Usage note

See aid.
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Related Words for aide

assistant, supporter, deputy, shop, abettor, stooge, helper, aide-de-camp, coadjutor, lieutenant, second, aid, attendant, adjutant, coadjutant

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Contemporary Examples of aide

Historical Examples of aide

  • 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


  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


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

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