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handmaid

[hand-meyd] /ˈhændˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another:
Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
2.
a female servant or attendant.
Also, handmaiden.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see hand, maid
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Word Origin and History for hand maiden

handmaid

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hand maiden in the Bible

servant (Gen. 16:1; Ruth 3:9; Luke 1:48). It is probable that Hagar was Sarah's personal attendant while she was in the house of Pharaoh, and was among those maid-servants whom Abram had brought from Egypt.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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