Definition of attendant in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈtendənt/


1A person employed to provide a service to the public in a particular place: a flight attendant a gas station attendant
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  • There would be no incentive for road users to control the demand for parking, and there would also be no incentive for parking attendants to provide a service.
  • ‘Customers have come in saying there are massive queues in all the other garages,’ an attendant at the Cardiff Service Station said.
  • It means re-establishing park wardens, bus conductors and platform attendants who provide some community control, and giving people a degree of hope and a sense of community.
1.1An assistant to an important person; a servant or courtier.
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  • The courtiers, attendants, guards and servants sighed in audible relief.
  • Funds were provided for the eight-strong party of noblemen and ladies, their twelve gentlemen attendants and seventy-five servants.
  • The effect on the city of Edo was a permanent presence of noblemen and samurai with a huge staff of retainers, attendants and servants.
2A person who is present at an event, meeting, or function: he had become a regular attendant at chapel
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  • He presented certificates of participation to the course attendants.
  • For the past five years I have been a regular attendant at the Algico Primary Schools Sports and the lack of parental support has always struck me.
  • He was a regular attendant at Our Lady's Day Care Centre, Ballylanders and will be sadly missed by all the patrons.


1Occurring with or as a result of; accompanying: the sea and its attendant attractions he warns against the dangers attendant on solitary life
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  • The last essay, by Blair Ruble, deals with the problems attendant on the creation of new civic or national symbols.
  • Nowhere does he emphasize the special moral dangers attendant on an active engagement in war.
  • Government policy states that increases in water charges should result in an attendant reduction in commercial rates, yet, both continue to rise.
accompanying, associated, related, connected, concomitant, coincident;
resultant, resulting, consequent
1.1(Of a person or animal) accompanying another as a companion or assistant: a pair of blind tourists with their attendant dogs
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  • We stepped aside only for a large flock of freshly-shorn sheep that seemed, without attendant farmer or dog, on autopilot back to their field.
  • Titian preferred to paint the goddess Diana bathing in a curtained colonnade, with her entourage of nymphs and even an attendant slave girl and small dog.
  • He was, on the face of it, no more than an accessory to the theatrically gifted and great, an attendant lord but never Hamlet.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French, from atendre 'give one's attention to' (see attend).

Words that rhyme with attendant

appendant, ascendant, codependent, defendant, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, superintendent, transcendent

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Syllabification: at·tend·ant

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