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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assistant mean? 

  The noun ASSISTANT has 1 sense:

1. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

  Familiarity information: ASSISTANT used as a noun is very rare.

ASSISTANT (adjective)
  The adjective ASSISTANT has 1 sense:

1. of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another

  Familiarity information: ASSISTANT used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


assistant; helper; supporter; help

Context examples:

my invaluable assistant / they hired additional help to finish the work

Hypernyms ("assistant" is a kind of...):

worker (a person who works at a specific occupation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assistant"):

coadjutor (an assistant to a bishop)

underboss (an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate))

fashion model; manakin; manikin; mannequin; mannikin; model (a woman who wears clothes to display fashions)

model; poser (a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor)

paraprofessional (a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional)

powder monkey (someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship))

prompter; theater prompter (someone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech)

chief assistant; man Friday; right-hand man (the most helpful assistant)

secretarial assistant; secretary (an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization)

sidesman ((Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden; collects offerings of money in the church)

foot soldier; subordinate; subsidiary; underling (an assistant subject to the authority or control of another)

water boy; waterer (an assistant who supplies drinking water)

labor coach; monitrice (assistant (often the father) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes)

cat's-paw; instrument; pawn (a person used by another to gain an end)

enforcer; hatchet man (one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior)

accomplice; confederate (a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan))

aide; auxiliary (someone who acts as assistant)

attendant; attender; tender (someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another)

bat boy ((baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment)

dental assistant (an assistant to a dentist)

deputy; lieutenant (an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent)

actor's assistant; dresser (a wardrobe assistant for an actor)

event planner (someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials))

facilitator (someone who makes progress easier)

flower girl (a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession)

girl Friday (a female assistant who has a range of duties)

whipper-in (huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds)

ASSISTANT (adjective)

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Of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another


assistant; adjunct


low-level; subordinate (lower in rank or importance)

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