ancillary

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ancillāris, from ancilla (maid), diminutive of ancula, feminine of anculus (a male servant), from *ancus (a servant), from ambi- (about) + Proto-Indo-European *kwol-o-, from base *kwel- (move round, turn about, be much about).[1]

See ambi- for cognate terms of prefix, such as ambulate; cycle is cognate from the Proto-Indo-European root.

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ancillary (comparative more ancillary, superlative most ancillary)

  1. Subordinate; secondary; auxiliary; 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.

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ancillary (plural ancillaries)

  1. Something that serves an ancillary function, such as an easel for a painter.
  2. (archaic) An auxiliary; a subordinate.

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  1. ^ ancillary” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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