- serving to assist or supplement; auxiliary; supplementary.
- subordinate or secondary: subsidiary issues.
- of or relating to a subsidiary.
- a subsidiary thing or person.
- subsidiary company.
- Music. a subordinate theme or subject.
Origin of subsidiary
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- serving to aid or supplement; auxiliary
- of lesser importance; subordinate in function
- a person who or thing that is subsidiary
- short for subsidiary company
Word Origin for subsidiary
C16: from Latin subsidiārius supporting, from subsidium subsidy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1540s, from Middle French subsidiaire, from Latin subsidiarius "serving to assist or supplement," from subsidium "help, aid" (see subsidy).
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