ancillary [ an-s uh-ler-ee , an- or, esp. British sil- uh-ree] Word Origin See more synonyms for ancillary on Thesaurus.com subordinate; subsidiary. auxiliary; assisting. noun, plural an·cil·lar·ies. something that serves in an ancillary capacity: Slides, records, and other ancillaries can be used with the basic textbook. Origin of ancillary 1660–70;
having the status of a female slave, with
-āris -ar 1
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British Dictionary definitions for ancillaries subsidiary auxiliary; supplementary ancillary services a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or person the company has an ancillary abroad Word Origin
C17: from Latin
ancillāris concerning maidservants, from ancilla, diminutive of ancūla female servant
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Word Origin and History for ancillaries ancillary adj.
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.)).
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ancillary (ăn ′sə-lĕr′ē) Relating to or being auxiliary or secondary.
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