- additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force.
- used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.
- (of a boat) having an engine that can be used to supplement the sails: an auxiliary yawl.
- giving support; serving as an aid; helpful: The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other. Passion is auxiliary to art.
- a person or thing that gives aid of any kind; helper.
- an organization allied with, but subsidiary to, a main body of restricted membership, especially one composed of members' relatives: The men's club and the ladies' auxiliary were merged into one organization.
- auxiliary verb.
- auxiliaries, foreign troops in the service of a nation at war.
- Navy. a naval vessel designed for other than combat purposes, as a tug, supply ship, or transport.
- Nautical. a sailing vessel carrying an auxiliary propulsion engine or engines.
Origin of auxiliary
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Examples from the Web for auxiliaries
Their auxiliaries, until the advent of the French, were wholly undisciplined.Washington in Victory
October 10, 2008
There are eighty auxiliaries to the State Suffrage Association.
Bretagne was still the scene of action to the English auxiliaries.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
Had I but a 12,000 of Auxiliaries to guard my right flank, while trying it!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.)
The auxiliaries of the Romans; an auxiliary in a good cause; an auxiliary to learning.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
There are whispers of "Bavarian auxiliaries" being hired for them, too.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)
- foreign or allied troops serving another nation; mercenaries
- secondary or supplementary
- nautical (of a sailing vessel) having an enginean auxiliary sloop
- a person or thing that supports or supplements; subordinate or assistant
- a sailing vessel with an engine
- the engine of such a vessel
- navy a vessel such as a tug, hospital ship, etc, not used for combat
Word Origin and History for auxiliaries
c.1600, from Latin auxiliaris "helpful," from auxilium "aid, help, support," related to auctus, past participle of augere "to increase" (see augment).
"foreign troops in service of a nation at war," c.1600, from auxiliary (adj.). Related: Auxiliaries.
- Functioning in an augmenting capacity; supplementary.
- Functioning as a subordinate; secondary.