From Latin ancillāris, from ancilla (“maid”), diminutive of ancula, feminine of anculus (“a male servant”), from ambi- (“about”) + Proto-Indo-European *kwol-o-, from base *kwel- (“move round, turn about, be much about”).
- Subordinate; secondary; auxiliary
- Synonym: accessory
- 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, Chapter 3:
- […] how easily he took all things along with him,—the persons, the opinions, and the day, and nature became ancillary to a man.
- 1898, John Wesley Powell, Truth and Error, Chapter 7
- [E]very organ of the body, whatever function it may perform, must also perform the other four functions in an ancillary manner.
ancillary (plural ancillaries)
- Something that serves an ancillary function, such as an easel for a painter.
- (archaic) An auxiliary.
- ancillary in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ancillary in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
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