- 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
Related Words for ancillariesadjunct, rocket, moon, spacecraft, luna, sputnik, asteroid, supplement, projection, annex, extremity, protuberance, member, addition, appendix, attachment, addendum, appurtenance, auxiliary, ancillary
- auxiliary; supplementaryancillary services
- a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or personthe company has an ancillary abroad
Word Origin 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.