from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who attends or waits on another.
  • noun One who is present.
  • noun An accompanying thing or circumstance; a concomitant.
  • adjective Being present.
  • adjective Accompanying or following as a result.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Accompanying; being present or in attendance.
  • Accompanying, connected, or immediately following as consequential: as, intemperance, with all its attendant evils.
  • In law, depending on or connected with something or some person; owing duty or service.
  • noun One who attends or accompanies another, in any character; especially, one who belongs to a train or retinue; a follower.
  • noun One who attends on or waits the pleasure of another, as a suitor or the like.
  • noun Specifically In law, one who owes a duty or service to, or depends on, another.
  • noun One who is present, as at a public meeting, for any purpose.
  • noun That which accompanies or is consequent on anything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who attends or accompanies in any character whatever, as a friend, companion, servant, agent, or suitor.
  • noun One who is present and takes part in the proceedings.
  • noun That which accompanies; a concomitant.
  • noun (Law) One who owes duty or service to, or depends on, another.
  • adjective Being present, or in the train; accompanying; in waiting.
  • adjective Accompanying, connected with, or immediately following, as consequential; consequent.
  • adjective (Law) Depending on, or owing duty or service to.
  • adjective (Mus.) the keys or scales most nearly related to, or having most in common with, the principal key; those, namely, of its fifth above, or dominant, its fifth below (fourth above), or subdominant, and its relative minor or major.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who attends; one who works with or watches something.
  • adjective Going with; associated; concomitant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being present (at meeting or event etc.)
  • adjective following or accompanying as a consequence
  • noun an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
  • noun someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
  • noun a person who is present and participates in a meeting


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Middle French


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    attendant: adj; occurring with or as a result of; accompanying.

    January 22, 2018