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English definition of “handmaiden”

handmaiden

noun [C]     /ˈhændˌmeɪ.dən/
(also handmaid) old use a female servantServants, slaves and underlings formal something, such as an idea, that helps and supports something else: Technique is the handmaiden of art.Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
(Definition of handmaiden noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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