Definition of assistant in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsɪst(ə)nt/


1A person who ranks below a senior person: the managing director and his assistant [as modifier]: an assistant manager
More example sentences
  • The jobs on offer range from betting assistants to managers of off-course betting centres.
  • The company has taken on retail managers, cashiers and assistants and is already doing a roaring trade.
  • All hurling team managers, their assistants and parents are asked to attend.
subordinate, deputy, auxiliary, second, second in command, number two, lieutenant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, wingman, aide, personal assistant, PA, attendant, mate, apprentice, junior;
henchman, underling, hired hand, hired help, servant;
helper, aider, colleague, associate, partner, confederate, accomplice, collaborator, accessory, abetter, supporter, backer
informal vice, man/girl Friday, sidekick, skivvy, running dog, gofer, gopher
British informal dogsbody, poodle
North American informal body man
1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A person who helps in particular work: a care assistant
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  • He went to work as an administrative assistant with a legitimate arms dealer but failed to impress.
  • She returned to the store and, with the help of a more sympathetic assistant, found a wig she liked.
  • The equally sheepish assistant fiddled with the mouse and looked blankly at the screen.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin assistent- 'taking one's stand beside', from the verb assistere (see assist).

Words that rhyme with assistant

coexistent, consistent, distant, equidistant, existent, insistent, persistent, resistant, subsistent, water-resistant

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