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

     

    handmaiden

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhændmeɪdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændmeɪdn//
     
    (also handmaid
    BrE BrE//ˈhændmeɪd//
     
    ; NAmE 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: handmaiden