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1. One who attends or waits on another.
2. One who is present.
3. An accompanying thing or circumstance; a concomitant.
1. Being present: ships and attendant sailors.
2. Accompanying or following as a result: attendant circumstances.

at·ten′dant·ly adv.


1. a person who accompanies or waits upon another
2. (Professions) a person employed to assist, guide, or provide a service for others, esp for the general public: a lavatory attendant.
3. a person who is present
4. a logical consequence or natural accompaniment: hatred is often an attendant of jealousy.
5. being in attendance
6. associated; accompanying; related: attendant problems.


(əˈtɛn dənt)

1. a person who attends another, as to perform a service; escort or servant: the ship's attendants.
2. a corollary or concomitant thing; consequence.
3. a person who is present, as at a meeting.
4. being present or in attendance; accompanying.
5. consequent; associated; related: poverty and its attendant hardships.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French]
at•tend′ant•ly, adv.


An attendant is someone whose job is to help people in a place such as a petrol station, a car park, or a cloakroom.

She stopped the car and asked the attendant to fill it up.

Someone who works in a shop selling goods to customers is not an 'attendant'. A person like this is called a shop assistant.

I asked the shop assistant for a receipt.

In American English, this person is called a sales clerk.

She worked as a sales clerk in a record store.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attendant - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of anotherattendant - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
companion - one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
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 - 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
lifeguard, lifesaver - an attendant employed at a beach or pool to protect swimmers from accidents
linkboy, linkman - (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
loader - an attendant who loads guns for someone shooting game
matron of honor - a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding
hospital attendant, orderly - a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients
orderly - a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer; "the orderly laid out the general's uniform"
varlet, page - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
page - a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings
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
arouser, rouser, waker - someone who rouses others from sleep
2.attendant - a person who is present and participates in a meetingattendant - a person who is present and participates in a meeting; "he was a regular attender at department meetings"; "the gathering satisfied both organizers and attendees"
conventioneer - someone who attends a convention
participant - someone who takes part in an activity
partygoer - someone who is attending a party; "the hall was crowded with an overflow of partygoers"
symposiast - someone who participates in a symposium
3.attendant - an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
associate - any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another; "first was the lightning and then its thunderous associate"
background - relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; "when the rain came he could hear the sound of thunder in the background"
Adj.1.attendant - being present (at meeting or event etc.) "attendant members of the congreation"
present - being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
2.attendant - following or accompanying as a consequence; "an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems"; "snags incidental to the changeover in management"; "attendant circumstances"; "the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness"; "the ensuant response to his appeal"; "the resultant savings were considerable"
subsequent - following in time or order; "subsequent developments"


1. accompanying, related, associated, accessory, consequent, resultant, concomitant His victory, and all the attendant publicity, were deserved.


1. A person who helps:
2. One that accompanies another:
Occurring or existing with:
خادِم، مُرافِق مُساعِد


A. N
1. (in car park, museum) → guarda mf, celador(a) m/f (Theat) → acomodador(a) m/f; (at wedding etc) → acompañante mf
2. (= servant) → sirviente/a m/f
the prince and his attendantsel príncipe y su séquito
1. (frm) (= associated) → relacionado, concomitante
the attendant circumstanceslas circunstancias concomitantes
the attendant difficultieslas dificultades intrínsecas
old age and its attendant illsla vejez y los achaques correspondientes
the risks attendant on the exploration of the unknownlos riesgos que conlleva la exploración de lo desconocido
2. (= accompanying) → de compañía
the attendant crowdla gente que asistía
to be attendant (up)on sbatender a algn


nemployé(e) m/f, gardien(ne) m/f
adj [danger, publicity] → qui s'ensuit


n (in retinue) → Begleiter(in) m(f); (in public toilets) → Toilettenwart m, → Toilettenfrau f; (in swimming baths) → Bademeister(in) m(f); (in art galleries, museums) → Aufseher(in) m(f), → Wärter(in) m(f); (= medical attendant)Krankenpfleger(in) m(f); (of royalty)Kammerherr m/-frau f; her attendantsihr Gefolge nt
problems etc(da)zugehörig, damit verbunden; attendant circumstancesBegleitumstände pl; old age and its attendant illsAlter und die damit verbundenen Beschwerden; to be attendant (up)on somethingmit etw zusammenhängen, etw begleiten
(form: = serving) to be attendant on somebody (lady-in-waiting etc)jdm aufwarten; there were two attendant nurseses waren zwei Krankenschwestern anwesend


[əˈtɛndənt] n
1. (in car park, museum) → custode m/f; (servant) → attendente m/f, persona di servizio
2. adj (frm) → concomitante


(əˈtend) verb
1. to go to or be present at. He attended the meeting; He will attend school till he is sixteen.
2. (with to) to listen or give attention to. Attend carefully to what the teacher is saying!
3. to deal with. I'll attend to that problem tomorrow.
4. to look after; to help or serve. Two doctors attended her all through her illness; The queen was attended by four ladies.
atˈtendance noun
His attendance (= the number of times he attends) at school is poor; Attendances (= the number of people attending) at the concerts went down after the price of tickets increased.
atˈtendant noun
a person employed to look after someone or something. a car-park attendant.
in attendance
in the position of helping or serving. There was no doctor in attendance at the road accident.

attendance ends in -ance (not -ence).


n. auxiliar, asistente.
References in classic literature ?
Since the age of fifteen, which was eleven years before, Robert each summer at Grand Isle had constituted himself the devoted attendant of some fair dame or damsel.
No sooner were these females seated, than their attendant sprang lightly into the saddle of the war-horse, when the whole three bowed to Webb, who in courtesy, awaited their parting on the threshold of his cabin and turning their horses' heads, they proceeded at a slow amble, followed by their train, toward the northern entrance of the encampment.
A court attendant beat with his palm upon the rail.
Hepzibah had no natural turn for cookery, and, to say the truth, had fairly incurred her present meagreness by often choosing to go without her dinner rather than be attendant on the rotation of the spit, or ebullition of the pot.
He bowed courteously to the communicative townsman, and whispering a few words to his Indian attendant, they both made their way through the crowd.
Besides, it was very convenient on an excursion; much better than those garden-chairs which are convertible into walking-sticks; upon occasion, a chief calling his attendant, and desiring him to make a settee of himself under a spreading tree, perhaps in some damp marshy place.
In Tom's external situation, at this time, there was, as the world says, nothing to complain of Little Eva's fancy for him--the instinctive gratitude and loveliness of a noble nature--had led her to petition her father that he might be her especial attendant, whenever she needed the escort of a servant, in her walks or rides; and Tom had general orders to let everything else go, and attend to Miss Eva whenever she wanted him,--orders which our readers may fancy were far from disagreeable to him.
My lord's chief attendant sauntered forward at that moment with indolent grace, and said:
As soon as he approached the Lei, and was aware of the surf-waves, his attendant was seized with an inexpressible Anxiety and he begged permission to land; but the Knight swept the strings of his Guitar and sang:
She was just, conscientious, economical, industrious; a regular attendant at church and Sunday-school, and a member of the State Missionary and Bible societies, but in the presence of all these chilly virtues you longed for one warm little fault, or lacking that, one likable failing, something to make you sure she was thoroughly alive.
And not only was there time for these convictions, with all their glow of attendant happiness; there was time also to rejoice that Harriet's secret had not escaped her, and to resolve that it need not, and should not.
He promised to call again in the course of three or four hours, and left both the patient and her anxious attendant more composed than he had found them.