aid


aid
aid, aide
An aid is someone who helps (in various ways), whereas an aide denotes either of two more specific functions: (1) short for aide-de-camp, a high-ranking officer in the armed services

• (Brigadier Monson summoned his five closest aides for a working lunch —N. Barber, 1984)

(2) a person employed as an assistant or ancillary worker, especially in a hospital or as a visitor to the home of an ill or elderly person

• (Just before he died a nurse's aide brought his dinner tray into the room —E. L. Doctorow, 1989).

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aid
The noun dates from 1940 in its meanings ‘material help given by one country to another’ (Christian aid, foreign aid, Marshall aid, etc.), and took on a further use as the second element in the names of occasions organized to raise money for charitable causes (Band Aid, Fashion Aid, School Aid, Live Aid, etc.). The use was triggered by Band Aid, the name of a rock group formed by Bob Geldof in 1984 to raise money for the relief of famine in Ethiopia.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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