aide

Remember that aide with an "e" at the end is a noun. It refers to a person who helps or acts as an assistant, such as a nurse's aide or a presidential aide.

The noun aide is actually a shortened form of the 17th century French phrase, aide-de-camp, which meant "camp assistant" and was the title given to the secretary of a high-ranking military officer. It was used extensively throughout the Revolutionary War, and the shortened form is considered an Americanism. Today, we apply the word aide to anyone who serves as an advisor or as an assistant.

Definitions of aide
  1. noun
    someone who acts as an assistant
    synonyms: auxiliary
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    types:
    nurse's aide, nursing aide
    someone who assists a nurse in tasks that require little formal training
    type of:
    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  2. noun
    an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
    synonyms: adjutant, aide-de-camp
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    types:
    adjutant general
    a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
    type of:
    military officer, officer
    any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
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