An attendant is someone present at a meeting or event. A flight attendant, for example, tends to the needs of passengers on a plane trip.

The word attendant has to do with being present. An attendant on a flight is present to help you if you need anything. An attendant event is one that happens in the presence of another event. In other words, it can mean "accompanying." An illness can have attendant symptoms that go along with it. Remember that the word ends in -ant.

Definitions of attendant
  1. noun
    a person who is present and participates in a meeting
    synonyms: attendee, attender, meeter
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    someone who attends a convention
    someone who is attending a party
    someone who participates in a symposium
    type of:
    someone who takes part in an activity
  2. noun
    an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
    synonyms: accompaniment, co-occurrence, concomitant
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    any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another
    relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation
    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  3. noun
    someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
    synonyms: attender, tender
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    one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
    an attendant who takes care of baggage
    an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
    bellboy, bellhop, bellman
    someone employed to carry luggage and run errands in a hotel
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack
    an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
    the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
    someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
    a 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
    one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion
    arouser, rouser, waker
    someone who rouses others from sleep
    someone employed to park and retrieve cars
    armiger, armor-bearer
    a squire carrying the armor of a knight
    best man
    the principal groomsman at a wedding
    check girl, hatcheck girl
    a female checker
    color guard
    a ceremonial escort for the (regimental) colors
    guard of honor, honor guard
    an escort for a distinguished guest or for the casket at a military funeral
    someone (usually in totalitarian countries) who is assigned to watch over foreign visitors
    air hostess, hostess, stewardess
    a woman steward on an airplane
    guide, usher
    someone employed to conduct others
    type of:
    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  4. adjective
    being present (at meeting or event etc.) "attendant members of the congreation"
    being or existing in a specified place
  5. adjective
    following or accompanying as a consequence
    “an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems”
    attendant circumstances”
    synonyms: accompanying, concomitant, consequent, corollary, ensuant, incidental, resultant, sequent
    following in time or order
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