WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•sis•tant /əˈsɪstənt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who assists;
    helper:was an assistant to the manager.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. serving in a subordinate position:an assistant secretary.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
as•sis•tant  (ə sistənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who assists or gives aid and support;
  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. Educationa 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;
  2. serving in an immediately subordinate position;
    of secondary rank:an assistant coach.
  • Latin assistent- (stem of assistēns, present participle of assistere to assist); see -ent, -ant
  • late Middle English assistent 1400–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aide, adjutant.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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

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