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[hand-meyd] /ˈhændˌmeɪd/

something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another:
Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
a female servant or attendant.
a person or thing that serves a useful but subordinate purpose: logic is the handmaid of philosophy
(archaic) a female servant or attendant

late 14c., from hand (n.) in the sense in close at hand + maid. Cf. Old English handþegn “personal attendant.”

servant (Gen. 16:1; Ruth 3:9; Luke 1:48). It is probable that Hagar was Sarah’s personal attendant while she was in the house of Pharaoh, and was among those maid-servants whom Abram had brought from Egypt.


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