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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
attendant risksformal (= risks involved in something)
▪ Those who deal with firearms are generally aware of the attendant risks.
flight attendant
▪ a gas station attendant
▪ Disheartened, Santa Anna separated from his large escort and planned to slip through the mountainous country with three attendants.
▪ He then gave them the choice of apologizing to the flight attendant or taking another flight.
▪ Kim, 31, is a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines.
▪ Londoner Richard Tompkins worked as a petrol pump attendant before starting the stamp company in 1956.
▪ My work as a flight attendant also proved valuable.
▪ Suddenly the pump attendant wanted nothing to do with this.
▪ The middle-aged sleeping-car attendant was dozing but dressed.
▪ The petrol station attendant told her to apply for more at the Kommandatur which turned out to be the old town hall.
▪ This would throw up a host of attendant problems.
▪ And it does have its attendant problems which it is only sensible to recognise.
▪ a prince and his attendant servants
▪ aging and all its attendant medical problems
▪ Although considered in need of assessment or treatment, these women did not require compulsory admission, with the attendant limits on civil liberties.
▪ And it does have its attendant problems which it is only sensible to recognise.
▪ In Minoan Crete, Potnia is shown with attendant lions or griffins.
▪ Land reforms enacted without attendant and well-planned services and inputs are unlikely to be able to generate sustainable livelihoods.
▪ Originally, ancestor-worship and its attendant family structure were confined to the patrician class.
▪ That under-standing and insight extend to all the attendant process issues, refinements, and subtleties.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Attendant \At*tend"ant\, a. [F. attendant, p. pr. of attendre. See Attend, v. t.]

  1. Being present, or in the train; accompanying; in waiting.

    From the attendant flotilla rang notes triumph.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    Cherub and Seraph . . . attendant on their Lord.

  2. Accompanying, connected with, or immediately following, as consequential; consequent; as, intemperance with all its attendant evils.

    The natural melancholy attendant upon his situation added to the gloom of the owner of the mansion.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  3. (Law) Depending on, or owing duty or service to; as, the widow attendant to the heir.

    Attendant keys (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.


Attendant \At*tend"ant\, n.

  1. One who attends or accompanies in any character whatever, as a friend, companion, servant, agent, or suitor. ``A train of attendants.''

  2. One who is present and takes part in the proceedings; as, an attendant at a meeting.

  3. That which accompanies; a concomitant.

    [A] sense of fame, the attendant of noble spirits.

  4. (Law) One who owes duty or service to, or depends on, another.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, "one who waits upon," from the adjective, or from Middle French atendant, noun use of present participle of atendre (see attend).


late 14c., "solicitous, attentive," see attendant (n.). Sense of "serving under, accompanying in a dependant position" is from c.1400.


a. 1 Going with; associated; concomitant. 2 (context legal English) Depending on, or owing duty or service to. n. One who attends; one who works with or watches something.

  1. adj. following as a consequence; "an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with related problems"; "snags incidental to the changeover in management" [syn: accompanying, concomitant, incidental, incidental to(p)]

  2. n. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another [syn: attender, tender]

  3. a person who participates in a meeting; "he was a regular attender at department meetings"; "the gathering satisfied both organizers and attendees" [syn: attender, attendee, meeter]


Attendant or attendance may refer to:

  • Car attendant, a railroad employee
  • Flight attendant, flight crew employed to ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers
  • Museum attendant
  • Toilet attendant, maintains standards in a toilet and collects any usage fees
  • Parking attendant
  • Sports attendance
  • Servant
  • The operator of a telephone Attendant console
  • Attendance, the attending of an obligation or event

Usage examples of "attendant".

The bath attendant drifted hesitantly back as Alec finished dressing, offering him a tray of oils and combs.

In a grey cloak and a round, grey hat with gold cords, followed closely by two shadowy attendant figures, he stepped briskly amain, eager to open those gates across the path of his ambition, locked against him hitherto by the very hands from which he now went to receive the key.

These two Bacchantes began to imitate the caresses I lavished on my housekeeper, who was quite astonished at the amorous fury with which my attendant played the part of a man with the other girl.

I mean the Ancestral ones we attendants use as our handbook, training manual, journal, history, chronicle, what have you.

The importance of this cave and the existence of petroglyphs made by the earliest Ancestral Attendants were a secret she had promised the Ancestors and their Attendants she would keep.

If you will look at the first aphorism of the ancient Master you will see that before all remedies he places the proper conduct of the patient and his attendants, and the fit ordering of all the conditions surrounding him.

She was well escorted, with a driver, two footmen, and a dog on the outside of the coach, and, on the inside, a young armigerous gentleman and a female attendant.

Gerard watched the atheling depart with his son and the other three attendants.

Its attendant phenomena grow colorless, more forced, and one by one they fade away: Equality, Democracy, Happiness, Instability, Commercialism, High Finance and its power of Money, Class War, Trade as an end in itself, Social Atomism, Parliamentarism, Liberalism, Communism, Materialism, Mass-Propaganda.

Charles nodded, he stepped under the awning, leaving his attendants behind.

When the usual festivities had taken place, and the wonted largesses had been distributed, Gunther bade his bride prepare to follow him back to the Rhine with her personal female attendants, who numbered no less than one hundred and sixty-eight.

The Basha listened at first with a look of bewilderment, and some half-dozen armed attendants at the farther end of the room shuffled about in their consternation.

The bather is supplied by the attendant every few minutes with copious draughts of cool water.

Again it is Errol Santos NYPD with his attendant numbers, home, work, beeper, cell-phone, a play for urgency.

Queen Jamillia said, and she looked to Sio Bibble, who motioned to the attendants.