from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of secondary importance: "For Degas, sculpture was never more than ancillary to his painting” ( Herbert Read).
- adj. Auxiliary; helping: an ancillary pump.
- n. Something, such as a workbook, that is subordinate to something else, such as a textbook.
- n. Archaic A servant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Subordinate; secondary; auxiliary; accessory.
- n. Something that serves an ancillary function, such as an easel for a painter.
- n. An auxiliary; a subordinate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Subservient or subordinate, like a handmaid; auxiliary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving as an aid, adjunct, or accessory; subservient; auxiliary; supplementary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. furnishing added support
From Latin ancilla, maidservant, feminine diminutive of anculus, servant; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ancillāris, from ancilla ("maid"), diminutive of ancula, feminine of anculus ("a male servant"), from *ancus ("a servant"), from ambi- ("about") + Proto-Indo-European *kwol-o-, from base *kwel- (“move round, turn about, be much about”). (Wiktionary)