handmaid

or hand·maid·en

[ hand-meyd or hand-meyd-n ]
/ ˈhændˌmeɪd or ˈhændˌmeɪd n /

noun

something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another: Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
a female servant or attendant.

Origin of handmaid

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hand, maid
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