[awg-zil-yuh-ree, -zil-uh-]


noun, plural aux·il·ia·ries.

Origin of auxiliary

1595–1605; < Latin auxiliārius assisting, aiding, helping, equivalent to auxili(um) aid, help (aux(us) increased, augmented (past participle of augēre: aug- increase + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix) + -ilium noun suffix) + -ārius -ary

Synonyms for auxiliary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of auxiliaries

  • Their auxiliaries, until the advent of the French, were wholly undisciplined.

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Historical Examples of auxiliaries

British Dictionary definitions for auxiliaries


pl n

foreign or allied troops serving another nation; mercenaries



secondary or supplementary
nautical (of a sailing vessel) having an enginean auxiliary sloop

noun plural -ries

a person or thing that supports or supplements; subordinate or assistant
  1. a sailing vessel with an engine
  2. the engine of such a vessel
navy a vessel such as a tug, hospital ship, etc, not used for combat

Word Origin for auxiliary

C17: from Latin auxiliārius bringing aid, from auxilium help, from augēre to increase, enlarge, strengthen
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Word Origin and History for auxiliaries



c.1600, from Latin auxiliaris "helpful," from auxilium "aid, help, support," related to auctus, past participle of augere "to increase" (see augment).



"foreign troops in service of a nation at war," c.1600, from auxiliary (adj.). Related: Auxiliaries.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for auxiliaries


[ôg-zĭlyə-rē, -zĭlə-rē]


Functioning in an augmenting capacity; supplementary.
Functioning as a subordinate; secondary.
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