dance attendance

attendance

[uh-ten-duhns]
noun
1.
the act of attending.
2.
the persons or number of persons present: an attendance of more than 300 veterans.
Idioms
3.
dance attendance, to be obsequious in one's attentions or service; attend constantly: He was given a larger office and several assistants to dance attendance on him.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See attend, -ance

proattendance, adjective
unattendance, noun
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attendance (əˈtɛndəns)
 
n
1.  the act or state of attending
2.  the number of persons present: an attendance of 5000 at the festival
3.  obsolete attendants collectively; retinue

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Word Origin & History

attendance
late 14c., from O.Fr. atendance "attention, wait, hope, expectation," from atendant, prp. of atendre (see attend). Meaning "action of waiting on someone" dates from late 14c. (to dance attendance on someone is from 1560s); that of "action of being present, presenting oneself"
(originally with intent of taking a part) is from mid-15c. Attendee "one who attends" (something) is recorded from 1961.
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