handmaiden
also handmaid noun Date: 13th century 1. a personal maid or female servant 2. something whose essential function is to serve or assist <
criticism is not the enemy of art but rather its handmaiden — Gary Michael
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  • handmaiden — UK [ˈhændˌmeɪd(ə)n] / US or handmaid UK [ˈhændˌmeɪd] / US noun [countable] Word forms handmaiden : singular handmaiden plural handmaidens Word forms handmaid : singular handmaid plural handmaids 1) old fashioned a woman who is someone s servant… …   English dictionary

  • handmaiden — [hand′mād΄ n] n. 1. Archaic a woman or girl servant or attendant 2. that which accompanies in a useful but subordinate capacity [law is the handmaiden of justice]: Also handmaid * * * …   Universalium

  • handmaiden — [hand′mād΄ n] n. 1. Archaic a woman or girl servant or attendant 2. that which accompanies in a useful but subordinate capacity [law is the handmaiden of justice]: Also handmaid …   English World dictionary

  • Handmaiden — A handmaiden (or handmaid) is a female attendant, assistant, domestic worker (servant), or slave. Contents 1 Domestic work 2 Religion 3 Other uses 4 See also …   Wikipedia

  • handmaiden — [[t]hæ̱ndmeɪd(ə)n[/t]] handmaidens 1) N COUNT A handmaiden is a female servant. [LITERARY, OLD FASHIONED] 2) N COUNT: N of/to n If one thing is the handmaiden of another, the first thing helps the second or makes it possible. [FORMAL] He disliked …   English dictionary

  • Handmaiden — Handmaid Hand maid (h[a^]nd m[=a]d ), Handmaiden Hand maid en (h[a^]nd m[=a]d n), n. A maid that waits at hand; a female servant or attendant. [WordNet sense 2] [1913 Webster] 2. Something or someone serving in a subordinate position; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handmaiden — hand|maid|en [ˈhændˌmeıdn] n also hand|maid [ˈhændmeıd] 1.) old fashioned a female servant 2.) formal something that supports an idea, system, or way of life handmaiden of ▪ Science must not become the handmaiden of the state …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • handmaiden — also hand.maid noun (C) 1 old use a female servant 2 formal an idea, principle etc that has an important part in supporting or helping another idea etc (+ of): Militarism, Ross wrote, is the handmaiden of imperialism …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • handmaiden — noun 1. in a subordinate position theology should be the handmaiden of ethics the state cannot be a servant of the church • Syn: ↑handmaid, ↑servant • Derivationally related forms: ↑serve (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • handmaiden — noun Variant spelling of handmaid …   Wiktionary

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