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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Definitions for ancillary

  1. Subordinate; subsidiary.
  2. Auxiliary; helping.
  3. Something that is subordinate to something else.

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Citations for ancillary
The dining room, never used except as an ancillary larder, a cool place in which to set jellies and store meat, eggs and fish for the cat, is unchanged in essentials since I first came here in 1945. Angela Carter, Shaking a Leg
The forty-two active divisions, comprising 600,000 men, would on mobilisation take with them into the field another twenty-five reserve divisions and ancillary reserve units, raising the war strength of the army to over three million. John Keegan, The First World War
Origin of ancillary
1660-1670
Ancillary comes from Latin ancillaris, from ancilla, "female servant."