handmaid


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hand·maid

 (hănd′mād′) also hand·maid·en (-mād′n)
n.
1. A woman attendant or servant.
2. often handmaiden Something that accompanies or is attendant on another: "the traditional notion that government was the handmaiden of business" (Doris Kearns Goodwin).

hand•maid

(ˈhændˌmeɪd)

also hand′maid`en,



n.
1. a female servant or attendant.
2. something subservient or subordinate: Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handmaid - in a subordinate position; "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics"; "the state cannot be a servant of the church"
subordinateness, subsidiarity - secondary importance
2.handmaid - a personal maid or female attendant
housemaid, maid, maidservant, amah - a female domestic
Translations

handmaid

handmaiden [ˈhændmeɪd(ən)] N (Hist) → criada f; (= queen's servant) → azafata f
References in classic literature ?
I have dismissed, with the fee of an orange, the little orphan who serves me as a handmaid.
Possibly at home, but of a certainty impossible for handmaid to anticipate intentions of Miss Pross, as to admission or denial of the fact.
MY aunt's handmaid, as I supposed she was from what she had said, put her rice in a little basket and walked out of the shop; telling me that I could follow her, if I wanted to know where Miss Trotwood lived.
It was upon the second morning after this happy bridal, that the Lady Rowena was made acquainted by her handmaid Elgitha, that a damsel desired admission to her presence, and solicited that their parley might be without witness.
Anselmo went, and the next day Lothario came to his house, where he was received by Camilla with a friendly and modest welcome; but she never suffered Lothario to see her alone, for she was always attended by her men and women servants, especially by a handmaid of hers, Leonela by name, to whom she was much attached (for they had been brought up together from childhood in her father's house), and whom she had kept with her after her marriage with Anselmo.
Could that which procures a freer vent for the products of the earth, which furnishes new incitements to the cultivation of land, which is the most powerful instrument in increasing the quantity of money in a state -- could that, in fine, which is the faithful handmaid of labor and industry, in every shape, fail to augment that article, which is the prolific parent of far the greatest part of the objects upon which they are exerted?
So Guster, much impressed by regarding herself for the time as the handmaid of Chadband, whom she knows to be endowed with the gift of holding forth for four hours at a stretch, prepares the little drawing-room for tea.
Mr Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant; which she was about to state, when a female voice proceeding from a perpendicular staircase at the end of the passage, inquired who was wanted.
A revolution not at all consoling," said Michel, "to pass to the state of humble servants to a moon whom we are accustomed to look upon as our own handmaid.
Another sought a handmaid with the virtues of an angel.
The handmaid coming out to open the gate for him, he quietly pulls off his hat as a parting salute, and goes away with no greater show of agitation than is visible in the effigy of Mr.
They and the handmaid before mentioned, being in such ecstasies of fear that I scarcely knew what to do with them, I naturally bethought myself of some restorative or comfortable cordial; and nothing better occurring to me, at the moment, than hot brandy-and-water, I procured a tumbler full without delay.