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Webster 1913 Edition


Assistant

As-sist′ant

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
assistant
, p. pr. of
assister
.]
1.
Helping; lending aid or support; auxiliary.
Genius and learning . . . are mutually and greatly
assistant
to each other.
Beattie.
2.
(Mil.)
Of the second grade in the staff of the army;
as, an
assistant surgeon
.
[U.S.]
☞ In the English army it designates the third grade in any particular branch of the staff.
Farrow.

As-sist′ant

,
Noun.
1.
One who, or that which, assists; a helper; an auxiliary; a means of help.
Four
assistants
who his labor share.
Pope.
Rhymes merely as
assistants
to memory.
Mrs. Chapone.
2.
An attendant; one who is present.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Assistant

ASSIST'ANT

,
Adj.
Helping; lending aid or support; auxiliary.

ASSIST'ANT

,
Noun.
One who aids, or who contributes his strength or other means to further the designs of welfare of another; an auxiliary.

Definition 2023


assistant

assistant

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

assistant (not comparable) (attributive)

  1. Having a subordinate or auxiliary position.
    an assistant surgeon
  2. Helping; lending aid or support; auxiliary.
    • Beattie
      Genius and learning [] are mutually and greatly assistant to each other.

Translations

Noun

assistant (plural assistants)

  1. (obsolete) Someone who is present; a bystander, a witness.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.3:
      a woman of great authority, having first yeelded an accompt unto her Citizens, and shewed good reasons why she was resolved to end her life, earnestly entreated Pompey to be an assistant at her death, that so it might be esteemed more honourable [].
  2. A person who assists or helps someone else.
  3. (Britain) Sales assistant.
  4. A software tool that provides assistance in some task.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.sis.tɑ̃/

Verb

assistant

  1. present participle of assister

Latin

Verb

assistant

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of assistō

Middle French

Verb

assistant (plural assistans)

  1. present participle of assister

Noun

assistant m (plural assistans)

  1. assistant (person who is present)

Norman

Etymology

Borrowing from English assistant.

Noun

assistant m (plural assistants, feminine assistante)

  1. (Jersey) assistant