an aide-de-camp.
an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aide

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



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