- subordinate; subsidiary.
- auxiliary; assisting.
- something that serves in an ancillary capacity: Slides, records, and other ancillaries can be used with the basic textbook.
Origin of ancillary
Examples from the Web for ancillary
But even as the music market goes global, the ancillary cost is a troubling conglomeratization of thought, style, and taste.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
Van Dyke Parks
June 4, 2014
There are ancillary benefits to donating extra campaign cash, too, Miniutti said.Ex-Politicians Keeping $100 Million in Private Slush Funds
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity
May 22, 2014
But what if winning is an ancillary goal to the financial health of the organization?The Knicks Aren't a Sports Team. They're a Reality Show, and Phil Jackson is Their Latest Star.
March 12, 2014
The first round failed to achieve any progress even on ancillary issues, such as humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs.Russian Foreign Minister: We Can’t Get Assad to Do Anything
February 1, 2014
The most sustainable impact—assuming there are no hitches legally—will be ancillary things like that.Ganjapreneurs Flock to Colorado Following Marijuana Legalization
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson
January 29, 2014
The hero sees that the event is ancillary; it must follow him.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not a carving of statues, but only holding a torch for the public; ancillary writing.Instigations
The division of Sciences into ancillary and "architectonic" is Aristotelian.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
Ancillary, an′sil-ar-i, adj. subservient, subordinate (with to).
But Madame Montessori's relation to the feminist movement is, after all, ancillary.Women as World Builders
- auxiliary; supplementaryancillary services
- a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or personthe company has an ancillary abroad
Word Origin and History for ancillary
1660s, "subservient, subordinate," from Latin ancillaris "relating to maidservants," diminutive of ancilla "handmaid," fem. diminutive of anculus "servant," literally "he who bustles about," from root of ambi- "about" (see ambi-) + PIE *kwol-o-, from root *kwel- "move round, turn about, be much about" (see cycle (n.)).
- Relating to or being auxiliary or secondary.