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  1. an assistant or helper, especially a paid employee: Years ago, my mom was a teacher’s aide in a kindergarten classroom.

  2. nurse's aide: During the war she worked as an aide in a field hospital, changing bedpans and cleaning floors.

  1. an assistant or advisor to a public figure, especially one who works for a person in public office:He is a journalist and former White House aide.

  2. home health aide: The agency just called to say my mom's aide didn't show up this morning.

Origin of aide

An Americanism first recorded in 1770–80; from French: literally, “helper”; see origin at aid

confusables note For aide

See aid.

Words that may be confused with aide

Words Nearby aide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use aide in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aide


/ (eɪd) /

  1. an assistant

  2. social welfare an unqualified assistant to a professional welfare worker

  1. short for aide-de-camp

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