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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: ancilla 'female servant'

ancillary

adjective
     
an‧cil‧la‧ry
1

ancillary workers/staff etc

MN workers who provide additional help and services for the people who do the main work in hospitals, schools etc
2 formal connected with or supporting something else, but less important than it:
Agreement was reached on several ancillary matters.

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