Etymology
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assistant (n.)

mid-15c., assistent "one who helps or aids another," from Latin assistentem (nominative assistens), noun use of present participle of assistere "stand by, attend" (see assist (v.)). The spelling changed in French then (16c.) in English.

assistant (adj.)

mid-15c., "helpful, of assistance," from Latin assistentem (nominative assistens), present participle of assistere "stand by, attend" (see assist (v.)). The spelling changed in French then (16c.) in English.

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Definitions of assistant
1
assistant (n.)
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;
my invaluable assistant
Synonyms: helper / help / supporter
2
assistant (adj.)
of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another;
Synonyms: adjunct
From wordnet.princeton.edu