Definition of attendant in English:



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

    ‘a cloakroom attendant’
    • ‘All that's missing is for the coastguard to ask deckchair attendants to provide lunch-hour cover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Talk with the health-care provider about your options, including home-care attendants, services and equipment.’
    • ‘‘Customers have come in saying there are massive queues in all the other garages,’ an attendant at the Cardiff Service Station said.’
    • ‘There are around 20 parking attendants employed in Bolton who hand out 28,000 tickets a 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.’
    • ‘These days, Michael spends his time helping out flight attendants, traffic wardens, watch repairers and service station attendants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The borough council says maintaining the pool is too expensive, and it would have to employ a qualified attendant on site at all times.’
    • ‘Half of the 60 coach service attendants and 40 auto mechanics were axed in the Department of Transportation.’
    • ‘‘The parking attendant who has provided this information seems to be out to make mischief,’ said the spokesman.’
    • ‘Police officers are injured no more often than motel clerks or service station attendants.’
    • ‘The forecourts were filthy, the attendants sloppy and the service virtually non-existent.’
    • ‘He works at a hotel and was just recently promoted from bellhop to room service attendant.’
    • ‘Service attendants consider themselves equal to their guests, and usually are not subservient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One writer recounted a story about a scientist who stopped at a garage in America and began to chat to the service attendant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Glasgow, which employs its own parking attendants, raised £6.6m in parking fines last year.’
    • ‘They are hated by the public more than parking attendants and tax inspectors.’
    steward, waiter, waitress, porter, servant, menial, auxiliary, assistant, helper
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    1. 1.1 An assistant to an important person; a servant or courtier.
      ‘a mosaic of the Empress Theodora with her attendants’
      • ‘There were some things she did not want to know about her attendants and their personal lives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the first time in his life, liberated from the small army of attendants and servants, he has opened a door by himself.’
      • ‘She looked past him, at the bustling servants and attendants entering and leaving the room.’
      • ‘She wasn't a local lord's daughter though, she lacked the herd of gossiping attendants and bodyguards; she had only her horse.’
      • ‘There were a few servants and attendants sitting at tables, talking.’
      • ‘The effect on the city of Edo was a permanent presence of noblemen and samurai with a huge staff of retainers, attendants and servants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her attendants and courtiers, with the aid of local tribals, scoured the foothills of Brahmagiri where they found the eternal Varaha spring.’
      • ‘The courtiers and attendants were left to socialize amongst themselves, and most of the gentlemen found a lady or two to chat amiably with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The courtiers, attendants, guards and servants sighed in audible relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • ‘They seemed as if they were regular attendants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was also an avid bingo player and a regular attendant at the Adoration Hour in Ballon Church.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many Chinese firms have withdrawn from an electronics show in Las Vegas, after half of the visa applications by attendants were refused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His black coat trailed after him gracefully as he went about greeting regular attendants to his event.’
    • ‘Professor Fergus, the only attendant from the Caribbean, will address the conference in his role as patron.’


  • 1Occurring with or as a result of.

    ‘the sea and its attendant attractions’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then they become single moms, with the attendant consequences for them, their children and taxpayers alike.’
    • ‘Nowhere does he emphasize the special moral dangers attendant on an active engagement in war.’
    • ‘But some people have thoughts as well as feelings about this attendant effect of civilization.’
    • ‘That is, there aren't really very clean answers about when embryos should be considered persons, with all the attendant rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the magnitude of the problem and the attendant health concerns, the people of Punta Arenas had reason for cautious optimism back in 2000.’
    • ‘The contract forming a union of two people with its many attendant legal benefits, rules and expectations must be recorded.’
    • ‘If by ‘urban’ we mean the tendency to form society, founding cities with all their attendant rules, then the Harappan people succeeded admirably.’
    • ‘In addition, the reservoir and its attendant roads would provide greater access to this area of the park, thereby reducing fire danger.’
    • ‘They maintain that we are individual people from the moment of conception, with the attendant rights to life that entails.’
    • ‘The last essay, by Blair Ruble, deals with the problems attendant on the creation of new civic or national symbols.’
    • ‘However, such a finding will lay the firm open to investigation with attendant costs for the company, and these costs may be very significant.’
    • ‘This is a youth-based musical culture, which means young promoters and the attendant lack of experience, professionalism and even ethical judgement.’
    • ‘The muscle biopsy can be accomplished as an outpatient procedure and carries the attendant risks of pain, bleeding, infection, and sensory loss.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Government policy states that increases in water charges should result in an attendant reduction in commercial rates, yet, both continue to rise.’
    accompanying, associated, related, connected, concomitant, accessory
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  • 2(of a person) accompanying another as a companion or assistant.

    ‘a child in a pram with attendant nursemaid’
    • ‘Thus, the attendant female is assumed to be the social and genetic mother.’
    • ‘Being an attendant lord must be the height of our ambition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I must confess that anything resembling objectivity was corrupted by the rather disturbed presence of my attendant companions.’
    • ‘He was, on the face of it, no more than an accessory to the theatrically gifted and great, an attendant lord but never Hamlet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back in the sensorium, the attendant technicians peel adhesive sensors from his chest, temples, groin.’
    • ‘Queries on the database are checked immediately with the attendant physicians or nurses.’
    • ‘The Prince would produce a rapid succession of sizzling chops, steaks and sausages not only for the guests but also for the attendant staff.’
    • ‘As the ineffectual lawyer/husband, Wilson fades into the scenery like an attendant lord.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr. Carter had overheard the attendant woman's conversation with Katerri.’
    accompanying, associated, related, connected, concomitant, accessory
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Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French, from atendre ‘give one's attention to’ (see attend).