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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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Examples for attendants
  • Supervised floor attendants and resolved client inquiries during exhibitions and sales.
  • attendants clean the rooms after every bather, and the wait is never more than a few minutes.
  • Of course there are no flight attendants on the plane.
  • Researchers and aquarium attendants tell tales of octopuses that have tormented and outwitted them.
  • Flight attendants are there, first and foremost, for your safety and comfort.
  • Flight attendants and engineers differ about in-flight risk.
  • There was no shortage of shoppers, though occasionally attendants complained to me that business was down.
  • Then the attendants shoveled the rubbish through the door on the other end into the pastoral idyll outside.
  • The flight attendants and others who triggered this event are unlikely to see any negative consequences.
  • And shoppers are finding information on touch screen kiosks, rather than talking to attendants.
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
1550s, "one who waits upon," from pp. adj. (mid-15c.), from O.Fr. atendant, prp. of atendre (see attend). The adj. originally meant "attentive;" sense of "accompanying in a dependant position" is from 1610s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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