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Noun: handmaiden  'hand,mey-dun
  1. In a subordinate position
    "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics";
    - handmaid, servant
  2. A personal maid or female attendant
    - handmaid

Derived forms: handmaidens

Type of: amah, housemaid, maid, maidservant, subordinateness, subsidiarity

Encyclopedia: Handmaiden