As nouns the difference between participant and attendee
is that participant
is one who participates while attendee
is a person who is in attendance or in the audience of an event.
As a adjective participant
is sharing; participating; having a share of part.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
one who participates
* partaker, participator
Sharing; participating; having a share of part.
History of the Reign of King Henry VII
** Therefore during the parliament he published his royal proclamation, offering pardon and grace of restitution to all such as had taken arms, or been participant of any attempts against him;
A person who is in attendance or in the audience of an event.
*2000 , Russian Government,
*:During the official performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation all attendees are supposed to stand and men take their hats off.
A visitor or participant of an event.
*2002 , Sam Williams,
*:O'Reilly, the summit host, remembers a particularly insightful comment from Torvalds, a summit attendee .
(uncommon) A person who is attended.
* (person in attendance) attender, audience (member)
* (participant in an event) audience (member), participant