- 1A person who ranks below a senior person: the managing director and his assistant [as modifier]: an assistant managerMore example sentences
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, backerBritish • informal dogsbody, poodleNorth American • informal body man
- 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.
- 1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A person who helps in particular work: a care assistantMore example sentences
- 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).