- something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another: Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
- a female servant or attendant.
Origin of handmaid
Examples from the Web for handmaid
Contemporary Examples of handmaid
The Handmaid only finds liberation when she steals out of her room to bed the chauffeur.The Bizarre Case Against Gay Marriage
January 29, 2010
Historical Examples of handmaid
Then did Hiordis and the handmaid sail away with Alf to his own land.Told by the Northmen:
E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
Mrs. Rooke was ready to accept a crumb of possible comfort from her handmaid.Mary Gray
But you found me giving a lesson in Armenian to this handmaid?Lavengro
It is a handmaid of literature; it belongs to the household of literature.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism
F. V. N. Painter
Blind faith, or belief, is ever the handmaid of superstition.The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul
Jirah D. Buck