- 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
Related Words for subsidiaryancillary, supplementary, collateral, auxiliary, assistant, accessory, cooperative, branch, subordinate, backup, minor, subject, adjuvant, assisting, lesser, serviceable, subservient, supplemental, useful, contributory
Examples from the Web for subsidiary
Contemporary Examples of subsidiary
AirAsia Indonesia, which operated Flight 8501, is the Indonesian subsidiary of AirAsia, which is based in Malaysia.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
And this week CNPC agreed to buy 10 percent of Vankorneft, a Rosneft subsidiary, which operates the lucrative Vankor oil field.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
Rolls Royce Motor Cars is a subsidiary of BMW, who make the engines.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
He does not see his wealth and status as subsidiary, he holds both shamelessly close.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
The parent company of LS Fashion Limited based in America had made a standard loan investment to the UK subsidiary.L’Wren Scott Was Not Closing Label
March 21, 2014
Historical Examples of subsidiary
All the rest are important, but their importance is subsidiary.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
All the other exercises and arrangements of the school are, in fact, preparatory and subsidiary to this.The Teacher
And the motivity of sex is subsidiary to this: often directly antagonistic.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
He made the most of it now, rolling it out with all sorts of subsidiary flourishes.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
Here and there subsidiary bands were formed to "clean up the stragglers."Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
- 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
1540s, from Middle French subsidiaire, from Latin subsidiarius "serving to assist or supplement," from subsidium "help, aid" (see subsidy).