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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for aide
  • When they ran out of tunes they were reprimanded by an aide.
  • Turned out they wanted me to act as an aide to the commodore.
  • The government has yet to recover from a corruption scandal earlier this year involving an aide.
  • The arrest of his brother's aide was the final straw.
  • Almost unnoticed, an aide clamps the arteries above and below the heart, and cuts.
  • Fearing that she might indeed attempt suicide, the aide gathered up all the firearms in the vicinity.
  • One of his first duties was to select a provost, his top aide.
  • Her security aide recounted how she cooked for them, and this is extraordinary in our feudal society, and remembered them.
  • Who should stop driving and who needs a home health aide.
  • In one episode, an aide comes up to me and gives me some information.
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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