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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 ?
Penelope, daughter of Icarius, heard his song from her room upstairs, and came down by the great staircase, not alone, but attended by two of her handmaids.
She threw a white mantle over her head, and hurried from her room, weeping as she went, not alone, but attended by two of her handmaids, Aethrae, daughter of Pittheus, and Clymene.
Another sought a handmaid with the virtues of an angel.
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?
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.
To solve this question, Mr Swiveller summoned the handmaid and ascertained that Miss Sophy Wackles had indeed left the letter with her own hands; and that she had come accompanied, for decorum's sake no doubt, by a younger Miss Wackles; and that on learning that Mr Swiveller was at home and being requested to walk upstairs, she was extremely shocked and professed that she would rather die.
I have dismissed, with the fee of an orange, the little orphan who serves me as a handmaid.
He went at once to see Camilla, and tell her, as he did, all that had passed between him and her handmaid, and the promise she had given him to inform him matters of serious importance.
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.
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.
The handmaid attended promptly, and it is but justice to their joint exertions to record that, when the good lady came downstairs in course of time, completely decked out for the journey, she really looked as if nothing had happened, and appeared in the very best health imaginable.
Possibly at home, but of a certainty impossible for handmaid to anticipate intentions of Miss Pross, as to admission or denial of the fact.