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[eyd] /eɪd/
an aide-de-camp.
an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.
Origin of aide
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
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  • He turned toward his aide lazily and asked: "Suppose there had been two taxi-cabs instead of one that night?"

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • An aide arrived with an order to Hertford, and then he loosed his eager cavalry.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • An aide appeared in the doorway of the room in which were gathered McClellan and several of his generals.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • “We ought to be in the City of Mexico in a day or two, sir,” resumed the aide.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Exhibit No. 21 is a summary of the activities of Pat Hutton, who is an aide in the emergency room.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for aide


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 aide

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

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