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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 of attendant
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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  • Dropping her flowers in alarm, the maiden screamed for her mother and attendants.

  • Her father rode by her side, and a numerous train of attendants followed.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The next morning horses and attendants were in waiting to escort us to the Kan-wang's presence.

  • The attendants are exceedingly civil, and charges regulated by a tariff.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The lady and her attendants soon vanished from the sight of the travellers.

British Dictionary definitions for attendants

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 attendants

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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