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handmaid

or hand·maid·en

[hand-meyd or hand-meyd-n]
noun
  1. something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another: Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
  2. a female servant or attendant.
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Origin of handmaid

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

late 14c., from hand (n.) in the sense in close at hand + maid. Cf. Old English handþegn "personal attendant."

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