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ATTENDANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attendant mean? 

ATTENDANT (noun)
  The noun ATTENDANT has 3 senses:

1. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
2. a person who is present and participates in a meeting
3. an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

  Familiarity information: ATTENDANT used as a noun is uncommon.


ATTENDANT (adjective)
  The adjective ATTENDANT has 2 senses:

1. following as a consequence
2. being present (at meeting or event etc.)

  Familiarity information: ATTENDANT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTENDANT (noun)


Sense 1attendant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

attendant; tender; attender

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

assistant; help; helper; supporter (a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose)

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

page (a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings)

page; varlet (in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood)

orderly (a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer)

hospital attendant; orderly (a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients)

matron of honor (a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding)

loader (an attendant who loads guns for someone shooting game)

racker (an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack)

rocker (an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle)

second (the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match)

servitor (someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else)

squire (young nobleman attendant on a knight)

gallant; squire (a man who attends or escorts a woman)

flight attendant; steward (an attendant on an airplane)

litter-bearer; stretcher-bearer (one who helps carry a stretcher)

trainbearer (one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion)

linkboy; linkman ((formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets)

lifeguard; lifesaver (an attendant employed at a beach or pool to protect swimmers from accidents)

companion (one paid to accompany or assist or live with another)

baggageman (an attendant who takes care of baggage)

batman (an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer)

bellboy; bellhop; bellman (someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels)

bridesmaid; maid of honor (an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding)

caddie; golf caddie (an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player)

checker; chequer (an attendant who checks coats or baggage)

courtier (an attendant at the court of a sovereign)

cupbearer (the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine)

equerry (a personal attendant of the British royal family)

escort (an attendant who is employed to accompany someone)

esquire ((Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood)

famulus (a close attendant (as to a scholar))

gillie (a young male attendant on a Scottish Highlander chief)

groomsman (a male attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding)

arouser; rouser; waker (someone who rouses others from sleep)


Sense 2attendant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is present and participates in a meeting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

meeter; attendee; attendant; attender

Context examples:

he was a regular attender at department meetings / the gathering satisfied both organizers and attendees

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

participant (someone who takes part in an activity)

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

conventioneer (someone who attends a convention)

partygoer (someone who is attending a party)

symposiast (someone who participates in a symposium)


Sense 3attendant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

accompaniment; co-occurrence; concomitant; attendant

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

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

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

associate (any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another)

background (relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation)


ATTENDANT (adjective)


Sense 1attendant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Following as a consequence

Synonyms:

accompanying; attendant; concomitant; incidental to; incidental

Context examples:

an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems / snags incidental to the changeover in management

Similar:

related; related to (being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics)


Sense 2attendant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being present (at meeting or event etc.)

Synonyms:

attending; in attendance; attendant

Similar:

present (spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place)


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