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



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BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪnət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪnət//
a person who has a position with less authority and power than somebody else in an organization synonym inferior the relationship between subordinates and superiors He always confers with his subordinates before making decisions.
Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin subordinatus ‘placed in an inferior rank’, from Latin sub- ‘below’ + ordinare ‘ordain’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subordinate