assistant

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
  1. noun
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    “my invaluable assistant
    synonyms: help, helper, supporter
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    coadjutor
    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 an 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)
    facilitator
    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
    underboss
    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
    paraprofessional
    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
    sidesman
    (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
    whipper-in
    huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds
    companion
    one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
    artist's model, sitter
    a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
    associate
    a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise
    baggageman
    an attendant who takes care of baggage
    batman
    an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
    bellboy, bellhop, bellman
    someone employed to carry luggage and run errands in a hotel
    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
    checker
    an attendant who checks coats or baggage
    cog
    a subordinate who performs an important but routine function
    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
    decoy, steerer
    a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
    dressmaker's model
    someone who models dresses
    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
    executive secretary
    a secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities
    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
    man
    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
    orderly
    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
    page
    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
    racker
    an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack
    receptionist
    a secretary whose main duty is to answer the telephone and receive visitors
    rocker
    an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
    second
    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
    second-in-command
    someone who relieves a commander
    servitor
    someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
    social secretary
    a personal secretary who handles your social correspondence and appointments
    squire
    a 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
    supermodel
    a fashion model who has attained the status of a celebrity
    trainbearer
    one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion
    vicar-general
    (Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop
    vice-regent
    a regent's deputy
    arouser, rouser, waker
    someone who rouses others from sleep
    valet
    someone employed to park and retrieve cars
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    worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
  2. adjective
    of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another
    synonyms: adjunct
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
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