Definition of attendant in English:



  • 1A person employed to provide a service to the public in a particular place.

    ‘a cloakroom attendant’
    • ‘He works at a hotel and was just recently promoted from bellhop to room service attendant.’
    • ‘They are hated by the public more than parking attendants and tax inspectors.’
    • ‘There are around 20 parking attendants employed in Bolton who hand out 28,000 tickets a year.’
    • ‘Glasgow, which employs its own parking attendants, raised £6.6m in parking fines last year.’
    • ‘It means re-establishing park wardens, bus conductors and platform attendants who provide some community control, and giving people a degree of hope and a sense of community.’
    • ‘All that's missing is for the coastguard to ask deckchair attendants to provide lunch-hour cover.’
    • ‘The car attendants did provide accurate and timely information after the mid-morning crossing accident but they had lost the trust of most of the passengers by then.’
    • ‘There would be no incentive for road users to control the demand for parking, and there would also be no incentive for parking attendants to provide a service.’
    • ‘‘Customers have come in saying there are massive queues in all the other garages,’ an attendant at the Cardiff Service Station said.’
    • ‘Service attendants consider themselves equal to their guests, and usually are not subservient.’
    • ‘Talk with the health-care provider about your options, including home-care attendants, services and equipment.’
    • ‘The behaviour of council wardens is currently regulated by a civil code of conduct, and, in Swindon, attendants are provided with a handbook listing the things they must check before issuing a penalty notice.’
    • ‘‘The parking attendant who has provided this information seems to be out to make mischief,’ said the spokesman.’
    • ‘Half of the 60 coach service attendants and 40 auto mechanics were axed in the Department of Transportation.’
    • ‘The forecourts were filthy, the attendants sloppy and the service virtually non-existent.’
    • ‘The borough council says maintaining the pool is too expensive, and it would have to employ a qualified attendant on site at all times.’
    • ‘Police officers are injured no more often than motel clerks or service station attendants.’
    • ‘But he thought it could take between 18 months and two years before there is a new generation of council-employed car park attendants in North Wiltshire.’
    • ‘One writer recounted a story about a scientist who stopped at a garage in America and began to chat to the service attendant.’
    • ‘These days, Michael spends his time helping out flight attendants, traffic wardens, watch repairers and service station attendants.’
    steward, waiter, waitress, porter, servant, menial, auxiliary, assistant, helper
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    1. 1.1An assistant to an important person; a servant or courtier.
      ‘a mosaic of the Empress Theodora with her attendants’
      • ‘The courtiers, attendants, guards and servants sighed in audible relief.’
      • ‘She looked past him, at the bustling servants and attendants entering and leaving the room.’
      • ‘I did not expect you to engage a personal attendant for me; after all in reality I am to be little more than a servant myself.’
      • ‘Funds were provided for the eight-strong party of noblemen and ladies, their twelve gentlemen attendants and seventy-five servants.’
      • ‘Apart from cooks and numerous assistants there were tailors, washermen, attendants to fan their masters, others to keep away fires, and entire hierarchies of housemaids.’
      • ‘For the first time in his life, liberated from the small army of attendants and servants, he has opened a door by himself.’
      • ‘There were some things she did not want to know about her attendants and their personal lives.’
      • ‘The courtiers and attendants were left to socialize amongst themselves, and most of the gentlemen found a lady or two to chat amiably with.’
      • ‘He has several servants and attendants who buzz around the hall, including several dogs.’
      • ‘When his courtiers and attendants had bowed their way out of the room, Valentinian summoned Faustinus into an antechamber.’
      • ‘The effect on the city of Edo was a permanent presence of noblemen and samurai with a huge staff of retainers, attendants and servants.’
      • ‘With his father's money and his own ever-growing influence he began to adopt the trappings of power, wearing purple robes and employing scores of attendants.’
      • ‘She wasn't a local lord's daughter though, she lacked the herd of gossiping attendants and bodyguards; she had only her horse.’
      • ‘Godric had been his personal attendant since his sixteenth year and the man had been just as preoccupied about the state of Briar's appearance then as he was now.’
      • ‘There were a few servants and attendants sitting at tables, talking.’
      • ‘Her attendants and courtiers, with the aid of local tribals, scoured the foothills of Brahmagiri where they found the eternal Varaha spring.’
      escort, companion, retainer, aide, assistant, personal assistant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, lady in waiting, equerry, squire, chaperone, guard, bodyguard, minder, custodian
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  • 2A person who is present on a particular occasion.

    ‘he had become a regular attendant at chapel’
    • ‘He was a regular attendant at Our Lady's Day Care Centre, Ballylanders and will be sadly missed by all the patrons.’
    • ‘During the conference several visiting and guest ministries set up tables throughout the foyer of the church to share their ministries with attendants of the conference.’
    • ‘His black coat trailed after him gracefully as he went about greeting regular attendants to his event.’
    • ‘During a press conference held on May 10, attendants who participated in the protests said that they were loud but acted in a peaceful manner.’
    • ‘She was also an avid bingo player and a regular attendant at the Adoration Hour in Ballon Church.’
    • ‘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 presented certificates of participation to the course attendants.’
    • ‘Professor Fergus, the only attendant from the Caribbean, will address the conference in his role as patron.’
    • ‘They had even been so foolish as to slaughter a mere angel who had been visiting a local church to bestow blessings on the regular attendants.’
    • ‘They seemed as if they were regular attendants.’
    • ‘Many Chinese firms have withdrawn from an electronics show in Las Vegas, after half of the visa applications by attendants were refused.’


  • 1Occurring with or as a result of.

    ‘the sea and its attendant attractions’
    • ‘But some people have thoughts as well as feelings about this attendant effect of civilization.’
    • ‘The contract forming a union of two people with its many attendant legal benefits, rules and expectations must be recorded.’
    • ‘They maintain that we are individual people from the moment of conception, with the attendant rights to life that entails.’
    • ‘These creatures are touted as wonderful companions without the attendant problems caused by real pets and/or other human beings.’
    • ‘The encyclopaedia entry suggests a world of public access - with the attendant limitations to acquiring knowledge according to class and gender.’
    • ‘However, such a finding will lay the firm open to investigation with attendant costs for the company, and these costs may be very significant.’
    • ‘The muscle biopsy can be accomplished as an outpatient procedure and carries the attendant risks of pain, bleeding, infection, and sensory loss.’
    • ‘In other words, significant progress might well be made, but fairly large numbers of troops might still be present, with the attendant casualties and costs.’
    • ‘If by ‘urban’ we mean the tendency to form society, founding cities with all their attendant rules, then the Harappan people succeeded admirably.’
    • ‘Additionally, those people who smoke cannabis are also risking all the attendant problems from the use of tobacco on top of the cannabis and this needs to be thought about too.’
    • ‘What is sad is that neither of them can attribute late diagnosis and the attendant complications to social deprivation, poor access to medical care, or any of the factors identified by Fraser et al.’
    • ‘The worry caused by the affair and the attendant concern over people's money leaves a bad taste, even if the entire saga was a misunderstanding and everyone gets their money back.’
    • ‘That is, there aren't really very clean answers about when embryos should be considered persons, with all the attendant rights.’
    • ‘This is a youth-based musical culture, which means young promoters and the attendant lack of experience, professionalism and even ethical judgement.’
    • ‘Government policy states that increases in water charges should result in an attendant reduction in commercial rates, yet, both continue to rise.’
    • ‘In addition, the reservoir and its attendant roads would provide greater access to this area of the park, thereby reducing fire danger.’
    • ‘Despite the magnitude of the problem and the attendant health concerns, the people of Punta Arenas had reason for cautious optimism back in 2000.’
    • ‘Then they become single moms, with the attendant consequences for them, their children and taxpayers alike.’
    • ‘The last essay, by Blair Ruble, deals with the problems attendant on the creation of new civic or national symbols.’
    • ‘Nowhere does he emphasize the special moral dangers attendant on an active engagement in war.’
    accompanying, associated, related, connected, concomitant, accessory
    resultant, resulting, consequent
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  • 2(of a person) accompanying another as a companion or assistant.

    ‘a child in a pram with attendant nursemaid’
    • ‘Back in the sensorium, the attendant technicians peel adhesive sensors from his chest, temples, groin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the ineffectual lawyer/husband, Wilson fades into the scenery like an attendant lord.’
    • ‘Queries on the database are checked immediately with the attendant physicians or nurses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the operation taking twice as long it stands to reason that there will have to be an extra refuse lorry with its attendant driver and loader.’
    • ‘The attendant physician, possibly overawed by the eminence of his charge, gave a warning which, in the wisdom of hindsight, he probably regretted for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘Thus, the attendant female is assumed to be the social and genetic mother.’
    • ‘Being an attendant lord must be the height of our ambition.’
    • ‘The Prince would produce a rapid succession of sizzling chops, steaks and sausages not only for the guests but also for the attendant staff.’
    • ‘He was, on the face of it, no more than an accessory to the theatrically gifted and great, an attendant lord but never Hamlet.’
    • ‘I must confess that anything resembling objectivity was corrupted by the rather disturbed presence of my attendant companions.’
    • ‘Same ward at night and a toddler without an attendant parent screamed for a full hour while three members of staff chatted and laughed around the desk, until two parents got up and complained.’
    • ‘Mr. Carter had overheard the attendant woman's conversation with Katerri.’


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French, from atendre give one's attention to (see attend).