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ancilla

[an-sil-uh]
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noun, plural an·cil·las.
  1. an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct.
  2. Archaic. a maidservant.
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Origin of ancilla

1870–75; < Latin: female slave, maid, probably anc- + -illa diminutive suffix, by reanalysis of ancula maid < *anquola, equivalent to an- (see ancile) + *-quola, noun derivative of a v. base *quel- turn about, hence “one who circles around”; cognate with Greek amphípolos attendant
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Historical Examples

  • I shall have occasion to speak again of Ancilla before her death.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The larger is Ancilla pyramidalis, the smaller Ancilla mucronata.

  • Ancilla fainted away, and the count, after refunding the money, challenged me to follow him out and measure swords.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I likewise met in the same place Campioni, the husband of the beautiful Ancilla.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I was never unwelcome at their amorous battles, and the voluptuous Ancilla was delighted to have me for a witness.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt