ancillary

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ancillāris (ancillary; relating to maids), from ancilla (maid).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈænsəˌleɹiː/
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ancillary (comparative more ancillary, superlative most ancillary)

  1. 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.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 4:
      The cafeteria is primarily used by students and staff (academic, administrative, and ancillary).

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Noun[edit]

ancillary (plural ancillaries)

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

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