an aide-de-camp.
an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one.

1770–80, Americanism; < French: helper; see aid

1. aid, aide (see usage note at aid) ; 2. aides, aids, AIDS.

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aide (eɪd)
1.  an assistant
2.  social welfare an unqualified assistant to a professional welfare worker
3.  short for aide-de-camp

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Word Origin & History

1777, short for aide-de-camp (1660s), from Fr., lit. "camp assistant."
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Example sentences
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.
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