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  1. a person who assists or gives aid and support; helper.
  2. a person who is subordinate to another in rank, function, etc.; one holding a secondary rank in an office or post: He was assistant to the office manager.
  3. something that aids and supplements another.
  4. a faculty member of a college or university who ranks below an instructor and whose responsibilities usually include grading papers, supervising laboratories, and assisting in teaching.
  1. assisting; helpful.
  2. serving in an immediately subordinate position; of secondary rank: an assistant coach.

Origin of assistant

1400–50; late Middle English assistent < Latin assistent- (stem of assistēns, present participle of assistere to assist); see -ent, -ant
Related formsnon·as·sis·tant, nounun·as·sist·ant, adjective
Can be confusedassistance assistants

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Historical Examples of assistant

  • The assistant said I needed him, but, to the best of my recollection, he kneaded me.

  • He helped me secure the position of assistant in English, and here I am.

  • The day assistant happened on the report, and was quite scandalized.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The night assistant, who dreamed sometimes of fire, stood nervously by.


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  • The night assistant sent coffee down to them, and they drank it.


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British Dictionary definitions for assistant


    1. a person who assists, esp in a subordinate position
    2. (as modifier)assistant manager
  1. See shop assistant
  1. archaic helpful or useful as an aid
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Word Origin and History for assistant

mid-15c., assistent "one who helps or aids another," from Middle French assistent, adjective and noun, properly present participle of assister (see assist (v.)).


mid-15c., "helpful, of assistance," from Middle French assistent (see assistant (n.)).

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