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ancillary

[ an-suh-ler-ee or, especially British, an-sil-uh-ree ]
/ ˈæn səˌlɛr i or, especially British, ænˈsɪl ə ri /
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See synonyms for: ancillary / ancillaries on Thesaurus.com

adjective
subordinate; secondary; subsidiary: Your medical coverage includes physiotherapy, eye testing, and other ancillary services.
auxiliary; assisting:The bookkeeper serves in an ancillary role, supporting the treasurer.
noun, plural an·cil·lar·ies.
something that serves in an ancillary capacity: Downloadable ancillaries to the basic textbook, such as videos and worksheets, are on our website.
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Origin of ancillary

First recorded in 1660–70; from Latin ancillāris “having the status of a handmaid or female servant” + -ary adjective suffix; see origin at ancilla, -ary
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How to use ancillary in a sentence

  • Of these 67, 32 were pottery vessels and 12 were ceramic ancillaries.

    Mohave Pottery|Alfred L. Kroeber

British Dictionary definitions for ancillary

ancillary
/ (ænˈsɪlərɪ) /

adjective
subsidiary
auxiliary; supplementaryancillary services
noun plural -laries
a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or personthe company has an ancillary abroad

Word Origin for ancillary

C17: from Latin ancillāris concerning maidservants, from ancilla, diminutive of ancūla female servant
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