[ uh-ten-duhnt ]
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  1. a person who attends another, as to perform a service.

  2. Chiefly British. an usher or clerk.

  1. a corollary or concomitant thing or quality.

  2. a person who is present, as at a meeting.

  1. being present or in attendance; accompanying.

  2. consequent; concomitant; associated; related: winter holidays and attendant parties; war and its attendant evils;poverty and its attendant hardships.

Origin of attendant

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, present participle of attendre “to notice, await”; see attend, -ant

Other words for attendant

Other words from attendant

  • at·tend·ant·ly, adverb
  • su·per·at·tend·ant, noun, adjective
  • un·at·tend·ant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use attendant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for attendant


/ (əˈtɛndənt) /

  1. a person who accompanies or waits upon another

  2. a person employed to assist, guide, or provide a service for others, esp for the general public: a lavatory attendant

  1. a person who is present

  2. a logical consequence or natural accompaniment: hatred is often an attendant of jealousy

  1. being in attendance

  2. associated; accompanying; related: attendant problems

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