Definition of aide in English:



  • 1An assistant to an important person, especially to a political leader.

    ‘a presidential aide’
    • ‘Beside him sit two more press aides and an assistant, who also chip in if they feel matters need explaining.’
    • ‘Kerry's aides have said they do not believe the timing was politically motivated.’
    • ‘Nigerian presidential aides said at midday yesterday that Obasanjo had departed for Liberia.’
    • ‘The president had an aide call the senator over to him to talk privately with him.’
    • ‘His aides had cut him off from the political infighting that his illness has triggered at home.’
    • ‘Corruption scandals involving presidential aides have also drained his approval ratings.’
    • ‘Presidential aides have promised to review the attack to see what lessons, if any, might be learned from the incident.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister's closest aides are confident that their political master can ride out the latest storm.’
    • ‘He sat down and an aide attached a microphone to his jacket.’
    • ‘Parry was due to serve breakfast to President Bush's top aides this morning, the newspaper said.’
    • ‘It's also why he and his aides joke that the press is his political base.’
    • ‘Now, aides say the president is comfortable with the pace of his debate preparations.’
    • ‘The prime minister now has relatively young and inexperienced aides in his political office.’
    • ‘The mayor and his top aides are talented people who do their best as they see it.’
    • ‘Bush aides say the president took all of that in stride but he also took it to heart.’
    • ‘Top aides to President George Bush arranged a statement on the airport tarmac in Toledo, Ohio.’
    • ‘The president and his aides are simply saying right now they're going to do what it takes.’
    • ‘As for the pace of this preparation, the aides are saying the president is comfortable with him.’
    • ‘Mrs. Smith is caring for her husband with some assistance from home care aides.’
    • ‘The nurses, anesthesiologists, medical technicians and aides who assist the surgeon are paid.’
    assistant, helper, adviser, right-hand man, attaché, adjutant, deputy, second, second in command, lieutenant, wingman, acolyte, auxiliary, companion, confidante
    subordinate, junior, underling, lackey, flunkey, henchman
    main man, girl friday, man friday
    body man
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      short for aide-de-camp
      • ‘General Howrad was basking in the cheers when, his aide leaned in and whispered something in his ear.’
      • ‘An aide later found it crumpled in the general's shirt pocket.’
      • ‘When the war began he had been a captain of artillery and a general's aide.’
      • ‘The aide gave a vague idea of the pickup point - the military side of the airfield.’
      • ‘The Admiral looked at his aide and looked at his counsel of fellow officers.’
      • ‘An aide to generals during World War II, he learned to command by watching them in action.’
      • ‘But in recent weeks aides to the general have said he is not bound by the agreement.’
      • ‘I remember serving for a time as an aide and jeep driver to one of the commanders.’
      • ‘Although he plays down his army service, he was an aide to Field Marshal Montgomery.’