Definition of ancillary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ænˈsɪləri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænsəleri//
    ancillary (to something) Describing jobs
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  1. 1providing necessary support to the main work or activities of an organization synonym auxiliary ancillary staff/services/equipment ancillary workers in the health service such as cooks and cleaners See related entries: Describing jobs
  2. 2in addition to something else but not as important ancillary rights
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin ancillaris, from ancilla ‘maidservant’.
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