What does assistant mean?

Definitions for assistant
əˈsɪs təntas·sis·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assistant, helper, help, supporteradjective

    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"

  2. adjunct, assistantadjective

    of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another


  1. assistantnoun

    Someone who is present; a bystander, a witness.

  2. assistantnoun

    A person who assists or helps someone else.

  3. assistantnoun

    sales assistant.

  4. assistantnoun

    A software tool that provides assistance in some task.

  5. assistantadjective

    Having a subordinate or auxiliary position.

  6. Etymology: From assistant, from assister.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Assistantadjective

    Helping; lending aid.

    Etymology: from assist.

    Some perchance did adhere to the duke, and were assistant to him openly, or at least under hand. Matthew Hale, Com. Law of Engl.

  2. Assistantnoun

    Etymology: from assist.

    Some young towardly noblemen or gentlemen were usually sent as assistants or attendants, according to the quality of the persons. Francis Bacon, Advice to Sir George Villiers.

    The pale assistants on each other star’d,
    With gaping mouths for issuing words prepar’d. Dryden.


  1. assistant

    An assistant is a person who helps or aids another, typically in a job or task. This assistance could involve administrative duties, making arrangements, or carrying out specific tasks to help achieve certain objectives. An assistant may also act as a deputy, taking on the responsibilities of the primary person when they are absent or unavailable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assistantadjective

    helping; lending aid or support; auxiliary

  2. Assistantadjective

    of the second grade in the staff of the army; as, an assistant surgeon

  3. Assistantnoun

    one who, or that which, assists; a helper; an auxiliary; a means of help

  4. Assistantnoun

    an attendant; one who is present

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. assistant, p. pr. of assister.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. assistant

    In the English army, is the third grade in any particular branch of the staff, such as the quartermaster-general’s or adjutant-general’s. After the principal comes the deputy and then the assistant. In the United States it is the second grade in the staff branches of the army.

Editors Contribution

  1. assistant

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, training, awareness to perform their job title, role and responsibility to provide support in a business.

    Assistant roles are within retail, schools and other organizations.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assistant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4590

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assistant' in Nouns Frequency: #1495

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assistant' in Adjectives Frequency: #673

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assistant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assistant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of assistant in a Sentence

  1. Chris Coons:

    I want to compliment you, Assistant Secretary Cooper, on managing to achieve a rare moment of bipartisanship on this committee. I will tell Assistant Secretary Cooper it is not often that my colleague from Texas and I agree completely on a matter.

  2. Thomas Saenz:

    If Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke're doing something similar, then even if Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke're not in a covered situation Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke should pause, and consider whether Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke want to go through with it, because the risk Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke will be sued by a private party or the government is pretty high at that point.

  3. ashima:

    Am I hot? I asked. Google Assistant replied - You are just the right temperature.. At least someone has intelligence, even though it is artificial!

  4. Coming to America:

    Maurice Oh yeah, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. Then I moved up to washing lettuces. Now, I'm working the fat fryer. Pretty soon I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in.

  5. Jim McDonnell:

    No doubt in my mind had Assistant Jesse Hernandez not done what Assistant Jesse Hernandez did, we would have had a real tragedy here, so we’re very proud of Assistant Jesse Hernandez.

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