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attendant

[uh-ten-duh nt] /əˈtɛn dənt/
noun
1.
a person who attends another, as to perform a service.
2.
Chiefly British. an usher or clerk.
3.
a corollary or concomitant thing or quality.
4.
a person who is present, as at a meeting.
adjective
5.
being present or in attendance; accompanying.
6.
consequent; concomitant; associated; related:
winter holidays and attendant parties; war and its attendant evils; poverty and its attendant hardships.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, present participle of attendre to notice, await. See attend, -ant
Related forms
attendantly, adverb
superattendant, noun, adjective
unattendant, adjective
Synonyms
1. escort, companion, comrade; follower, retainer, servant. 3. accompaniment, consequence.
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British Dictionary definitions for attendant

attendant

/əˈtɛndənt/
noun
1.
a person who accompanies or waits upon another
2.
a person employed to assist, guide, or provide a service for others, esp for the general public: a lavatory attendant
3.
a person who is present
4.
a logical consequence or natural accompaniment: hatred is often an attendant of jealousy
adjective
5.
being in attendance
6.
associated; accompanying; related: attendant problems
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Word Origin and History for attendant
n.

1550s, "one who waits upon," from the adjective, or from Middle French atendant, noun use of present participle of atendre (see attend).

adj.

late 14c., "solicitous, attentive," see attendant (n.). Sense of "serving under, accompanying in a dependant position" is from c.1400.

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