Definition of attendant in English:


Line breaks: at¦tend|ant
Pronunciation: /əˈtɛnd(ə)nt


  • 2A person who is present on a particular occasion: 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.


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  • 2(Of a person) accompanying another as a companion or assistant: a child in a pram with attendant nursemaid
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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).

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