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[eyd] /eɪd/
an aide-de-camp.
an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.
1770-80, Americanism; < French: helper; see aid
Can be confused
aid, aide (see usage note at aid)
aides, aids, AIDS.
Usage note
See aid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for aides
  • The scientists enlisted village health aides to identify those who needed help.
  • The elderly segment of the population is growing to the point where there won't be enough doctors, nurses, and nurses' aides.
  • Once inside, the mayor's aides bought all the blankets in stock.
  • Several campaign aides told campaign reporters to return to the press area, and some of his security detail manhandled reporters.
  • The country will need more healthcare aides to look after a rapidly aging population.
  • College officials and legislative aides said they expected lawmakers to approve the plan.
  • Quite frankly, there are not many options if lowly legislative aides don't even take your phone calls.
  • Education committee aides have said the chamber plans to take up the measure soon.
  • His aides say that he knew nothing about the scheme before a local planning committee considered it.
  • But now he has made a public apology, vowing to listen to public opinion and replace many of his aides.
British Dictionary definitions for aides


an assistant
(social welfare) an unqualified assistant to a professional welfare worker
short for aide-de-camp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aides



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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