assistant

assistant

[uh-sis-tuhnt]
noun
1.
a person who assists or gives aid and support; helper.
2.
a person who is subordinate to another in rank, function, etc.; one holding a secondary rank in an office or post: He was assistant to the office manager.
3.
something that aids and supplements another.
4.
a faculty member of a college or university who ranks below an instructor and whose responsibilities usually include grading papers, supervising laboratories, and assisting in teaching.
adjective
5.
assisting; helpful.
6.
serving in an immediately subordinate position; of secondary rank: an assistant coach.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English assistent < Latin assistent- (stem of assistēns, present participle of assistere to assist); see -ent, -ant

nonassistant, noun
unassistant, adjective

assistance, assistants.


2. aide, adjutant.
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assistant (əˈsɪstənt)
 
n
1.  a.  a person who assists, esp in a subordinate position
 b.  (as modifier): assistant manager
2.  See shop assistant
 
adj
3.  archaic helpful or useful as an aid

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assistant
1540s, "one who helps another," from pp. adj. (c.1400), from O.Fr. assistant (adj. and n.), lit. prp. of assister, from L. assistantem, prp. of assistare (see assist).
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