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aide

[ eyd ]
/ eɪd /
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noun

an assistant or helper, especially a paid employee: Years ago, my mom was a teacher’s aide in a kindergarten classroom.
nurse's aide: During the war she worked as an aide in a field hospital, changing bedpans and cleaning floors.
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.
home health aide: The agency just called to say my mom's aide didn't show up this morning.

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Origin of aide

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

words often confused with aide

See aid.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aide

1. aid, aide (see confusables note at aid)2. aides , aids, AIDS
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British Dictionary definitions for aide

aide
/ (eɪd) /

noun

an assistant
social welfare an unqualified assistant to a professional welfare worker
short for aide-de-camp
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