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HANDMAIDEN

 Dictionary entry overview: What does handmaiden mean? 

HANDMAIDEN (noun)
  The noun HANDMAIDEN has 2 senses:

1. in a subordinate position
2. a personal maid or female attendant

  Familiarity information: HANDMAIDEN used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HANDMAIDEN (noun)


Sense 1handmaiden [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a subordinate position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

handmaid; handmaiden; servant

Context examples:

theology should be the handmaiden of ethics / the state cannot be a servant of the church

Hypernyms ("handmaiden" is a kind of...):

subordinateness; subsidiarity (secondary importance)


Sense 2handmaiden [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A personal maid or female attendant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

handmaid; handmaiden

Hypernyms ("handmaiden" is a kind of...):

amah; housemaid; maid; maidservant (a female domestic)


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