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 aides

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Historical Examples of aides

  • Turning to his aides he said, "Come gentlemen," and they followed him into the farmhouse.

    The Shining Cow

    Alex James

  • Then they break into platoons, and are inspected, man by man, by the adjutant and his aides.

  • The Captain let his glance wander about from one to another of his aides.

  • Perhaps the aides carrying them were among the slain, perhaps this, perhaps that.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • That will allow for two aides de camp and a private secretary.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for aides



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 aides



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

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