assistant [uh-sis-tuhnt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for assistant on noun

  1. a person who assists or gives aid and support; helper.
  2. a person who is subordinate to another in rank, function, etc.; one holding a secondary rank in an office or post: He was assistant to the office manager.
  3. something that aids and supplements another.
  4. a faculty member of a college or university who ranks below an instructor and whose responsibilities usually include grading papers, supervising laboratories, and assisting in teaching.


  1. assisting; helpful.
  2. serving in an immediately subordinate position; of secondary rank: an assistant coach.

Origin of assistant 1400–50; late Middle English assistent Latin assistent- (stem of assistēns, present participle of assistere to assist); see -ent, -ant Related formsnon·as·sis·tant, nounun·as·sist·ant, adjectiveCan be confusedassistance assistantsSynonyms for assistant See more synonyms for on 2. aide, adjutant. Related Words for assistant colleague, deputy, associate, aide, representative, companion, partner, attendant, apprentice, backup, friend, secretary, help, patron, follower, subordinate, supporter, accomplice, adjunct, abettor Examples from the Web for assistant Contemporary Examples of assistant

  • Thankfully, his assistant knows these roads like the back of his hand.

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  • The assistant manager at the A&F store had found Elauf qualified for the position and was apparently going to hire her.

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  • The pair had argued, and the assistant ceased performing this most onerous of duties.

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    December 8, 2014

  • He grew his talent as an assistant to Penn and Richard Avedon.

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  • Robert Kennedy and his Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall brought new energy to the Civil Rights Division.

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  • Historical Examples of assistant

  • The assistant said I needed him, but, to the best of my recollection, he kneaded me.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870


  • He helped me secure the position of assistant in English, and here I am.

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  • The day assistant happened on the report, and was quite scandalized.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The night assistant, who dreamed sometimes of fire, stood nervously by.


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  • The night assistant sent coffee down to them, and they drank it.


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  • British Dictionary definitions for assistant assistant noun

      1. a person who assists, esp in a subordinate position
      2. (as modifier)assistant manager
    1. See shop assistant


    1. archaic helpful or useful as an aid

    Word Origin and History for assistant n.

    mid-15c., assistent “one who helps or aids another,” from Middle French assistent, adjective and noun, properly present participle of assister (see assist (v.)).


    mid-15c., “helpful, of assistance,” from Middle French assistent (see assistant (n.)).

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