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Definition of "handmaid" []

  • A woman attendant or servant. (noun)
  • Something that accompanies or is attendant on another: "the traditional notion that government was the handmaiden of business” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "handmaid" in a sentence
  • "For, as _the Psalm saith_, that "the eye of the handmaid looketh perpetually towards the mistress," and yet, _no doubt, many things are left to the discretion of the handmaid_, to discern of the"
  • "Then she called her handmaid and said to her, ‘Go to Shajarat al-Durr and say to her, ‘Thy sister saluteth thee and biddeth thee to her; so favour her by coming to her this night, according to thy custom, for her breast is straitened. '"
  • "Then she called the handmaid Marjanah hight and said to her,"