/ (ˈhændˌmeɪdən) /

  1. a person or thing that serves a useful but subordinate purpose: logic is the handmaid of philosophy

  2. archaic a female servant or attendant

Words Nearby handmaiden

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How to use handmaiden in a sentence

  • She had been their mother's handmaiden before their mother's marriage.

    From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Of what use to labour, to struggle, to deny myself, for an art to which I can never be more than the humblest handmaiden?

    Penelope's English Experiences | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Remember me to your elderly and amiable handmaiden, whose beaten biscuit I recall with such felicity.

    Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
  • Chloe, the black handmaiden who stood at the door, latch in hand, had time to grow tired of waiting before her mistress spoke.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston