What does ancillary mean?

ancillary meaning in General Dictionary

Subservient or subordinate like a handmaid additional

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  • decorating included assistance
  • Subservient or subordinate, like a handmaid; additional.

ancillary meaning in Law Dictionary

iding; auxiliary; attendant upon; subordinate; a proceeding attendant upon or which aids another proceeding thought to be principal. Steele v. Insurance Co., 31 App. Div. 389, 52 N. Y. Supp. 373.


ancillary meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1660s, "subservient, subordinate," from Latin ancillaris "relating to maidservants," diminutive of ancilla "handmaid," fem. diminutive of anculus "servant," literally "he whom bustles about," from root of ambi- "about" (see ambi-) + PIE *kwol-o-, from root *kwel- (1) "move round, turn about, be a great deal about" (see cycle (n.)).


ancillary meaning in Business Dictionary

Less crucial or main than something else. See additionally ancillary activity and supplementary advantage.


ancillary meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Subservient or subordinate, like a handmaid; additional.


Sentence Examples with the word ancillary

Both of the South German journals were previously exponents of a very much more democratic trend of opinion than that which came to characterize them under the new proprietorship. Ancillary to these acquisitions large interests were secured by Stinnes in paper-works in order to make his newspapers independent of the paper market.

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