Meaning of “assistant” in the English Dictionary

"assistant" in British English

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assistantnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈsɪs.tənt/ us /əˈsɪs.tənt/

B1 someone who helps someone else to do a job:

an administrative/office assistant
an assistant editor/manager

A2 UK someone who works in a shop, selling goods to customers and giving advice about the goods sold in the shop:

a sales/shop assistant

More examples

  • She's a personal assistant as distinct from a secretary.
  • Can't we employ someone as an assistant to help with all this paperwork?
  • She can't accept she made a mistake and now she's trying to lay the blame on her assistant.
  • Did you want to talk to the chairman himself, or could his personal assistant help you?
  • She is looking for a personal assistant with good organizational skills.

(Definition of “assistant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"assistant" in American English

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assistantnoun [ C ]

us /əˈsɪs·tənt/

a person who helps someone else to do a job or who holds a less important position in an organization:

an assistant coach/professor
My assistant will show you around the factory.

(Definition of “assistant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"assistant" in Business English

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assistantnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈsɪstənt/ us

HR, WORKPLACE an employee who helps someone in a more senior position to do their job:

assistant to sb assistant to the director of the Institute of Science

UK also shop assistant, also sales assistant, US sales clerk COMMERCE someone who serves customers in a store:

She worked as an assistant in a local bookshop.

assistantadjective [ before noun ]

uk /əˈsɪstənt/ us written abbreviation Asst, or asst

HR, WORKPLACE used as part of someone's job title to show that their job is below the level of a more senior person, and that they help that person to do their job:

assistant director/manager, etc. She had previously served as assistant vice-president for finance at MIT.

(Definition of “assistant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)