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

n a person who is present and participates in a meeting

attendee, attender, meeter
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

n an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

accompaniment, co-occurrence, concomitant
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

n someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

attender, tender
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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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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 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
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
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
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

adj being present (at meeting or event etc.) "attendant members of the congreation"

being or existing in a specified place

adj following or accompanying as a consequence

“an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems”
attendant circumstances”
accompanying, concomitant, consequent, ensuant, incidental, resultant, sequent
following in time or order

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