An assistant is someone that is there to help. If you work 80 hours a week, you might want to think about hiring a personal assistant to pick up your dry cleaning.

The word assistant typically refers to someone who offers assistance. However, in certain professional situations, assistant can mean on a level below, as in "the Assistant District Attorney reports to the District Attorney." Not surprisingly, an assistant provides assistance. However, unlike a slave or an indentured servant, an assistant is paid for his work.

Definitions of assistant

n a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

“my invaluable assistant
help, helper, supporter
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the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC)
Comtesse Du Barry
courtier and influential mistress of Louis XV who was guillotined during the French Revolution (1743-1793)
Sir Walter Raleigh
English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia; introduced potatoes and tobacco to England (1552-1618)
Sir John Suckling
English poet and courtier (1609-1642)
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an assistant to a bishop
accomplice, confederate
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
aide, auxiliary
someone who acts as assistant
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
bat boy
(baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
dental assistant
an assistant to a dentist
deputy, lieutenant
an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
actor's assistant, dresser
a wardrobe assistant for an actor
event planner
someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)
someone who makes progress easier
flower girl
a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
girl Friday
a female assistant who has a range of duties
enforcer, hatchet man
one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
cat's-paw, instrument, pawn
a person used by another to gain an end
birthing coach, doula, labor coach, monitrice
an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
fashion model, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin, model
a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
model, poser
a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
powder monkey
someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
prompter, theater prompter
someone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech
chief assistant, man Friday, right-hand man
the most helpful assistant
secretarial assistant, secretary
an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
(Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden; collects offerings of money in the church
foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
water boy, waterer
an assistant who supplies drinking water
huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds
one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
artist's model, sitter
a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
an attendant who takes care of baggage
an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
bellboy, bellhop, bellman
someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels
bottom dog
a person of low status
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
an attendant who checks coats or baggage
a subordinate who performs an important but routine function
an attendant at the court of a sovereign
the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine
decoy, steerer
a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
dressmaker's model
someone who models dresses
a personal attendant of the British royal family
an attendant who is employed to accompany someone
(Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
executive secretary
a secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities
a close attendant (as to a scholar)
a young male attendant on a Scottish Highlander chief
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
an attendant who loads guns for someone shooting game
a male subordinate
matron of honor
a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding
nurse's aide, nursing aide
someone who assists a nurse in tasks that require little formal training
hospital attendant, orderly
a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients
a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer
page, varlet
in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings
legal assistant, paralegal
a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
paramedic, paramedical
a person trained to assist medical professionals and to give emergency medical treatment
photographer's model
a model who poses for photographers
an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack
a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
second banana, second fiddle
someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
someone who relieves a commander
someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
social secretary
a personal secretary who handles your social correspondence and appointments
young nobleman attendant on a knight
gallant, squire
a man who attends or escorts a woman
amanuensis, shorthand typist, stenographer
someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
flight attendant, steward
an attendant on an airplane
litter-bearer, stretcher-bearer
one who helps carry a stretcher
a fashion model who has attained the status of a celebrity
one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion
(Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop
a regent's deputy
arouser, rouser, waker
someone who rouses others from sleep
Type of:
a person who works at a specific occupation

adj of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another

low-level, subordinate
lower in rank or importance

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