- 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
- auxiliary; supplementaryancillary services
- a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or personthe company has an ancillary abroad
Word Origin and History for ancillaries
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.