noun (plural ancillae) Etymology: Latin, female servant Date: 1902 an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult

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  • Ancilla — may refer to:* Ancilla College * Ancilla (quantum computing) …   Wikipedia

  • Ancilla — (lat.), Magd …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • ancilla — [an sil′ə] n. [see ANCILLARY] an aid for use as in understanding or accomplishing something; often, specif., a handbook, or manual …   English World dictionary

  • ancilla — noun /anˈsɪlə/ a) A maid. ‘And pass me that towel,’ added Ada, but the ancilla was picking up coins she had dropped in her haste [...]. b) An auxiliary or accessory See Also: ancillary …   Wiktionary

  • Ancilla — An|cil|la [...ts...] die; , s <aus gleichbed. lat. ancilla> (veraltet) Magd …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • ancilla — /an sil euh/, n., pl. ancillas. 1. an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct. 2. Archaic. a maidservant. [1870 75; < L: female slave, maid, prob. anc + illa dim. suffix, by reanalysis of ancula maid < *anquola, equiv. to an (see ANCILE) + * quola, n.… …   Universalium

  • Ancilla — Latin for female slave . Nuns would sometimes refer to themselves as ancillae (i.e. handmaids of the Lord). Cf. Servus …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • ancilla — an·cìl·la s.f. OB LE var. → ancella …   Dizionario italiano

  • ancilla — n. auxiliary, something which aids (especially a learning aid); female servant (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ancilla — an·cil·la …   English syllables

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