Definition of affiliate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//əˈfɪliət//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈfɪliət//
a company, an organization, etc. that is connected with or controlled by another, larger one an affiliate of the World Bank See related entries: University life
Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from medieval Latin affiliat- ‘adopted as a son’, from the verb affiliare, from ad- ‘towards’ + filius ‘son’.
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