Definition of handmaiden noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    handmaiden

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈhændˌmeɪdn//
     
    (also handmaid
    NAmE//ˈhændmeɪd//
     
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) a female servant
  2. 2(formal) something that supports and helps something else Mathematics was once dubbed the handmaiden of the sciences.
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