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Examples of ancillary in a Sentence
- The lockout rocked the NHL, but among the ancillary benefits has been the emergence of young players who apprenticed for an additional season in the minors … —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 21 Nov. 2005
- I am in love with a man who is in love with boats. As far as ancillary loves are concerned, I understand things could be worse. Sadly, I do not love boats. —Ann Patchett, Gourmet, May 2003
- Traditionally museums have been built to house collections, and for ancillary functions such as storage, conservation, administration, and education. —Jayne Merkel, Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2002
- Paleolithic hunters and gatherers obtained an abundance of complete protein, mostly from wild game; their vegetable foods were an ancillary protein source. This pattern prevailed until agriculture transformed it, shifting the human diet away from meat and toward plant food. —S. Boyd Eaton et al., The Paleolithic Prescription, 1988
The company hopes to boost its sales by releasing ancillary products.
Recent Examples of ancillary from the Web
Lyric Market will offer a variety of culinary experiences on multiple levels: anchor and ancillary restaurants, tapas bar, wine and cocktail bars, bakery, coffee bar, sushi bar, ice cream shop and more.
That’s because even in the towns where attendance has dropped, ancillary projects — lofts, restaurants, theaters, stores — have been successful.
The other ancillary costs for instructional materials, technology and furniture will cost an additional $200,000.
Among the splendid ancillary displays are ancient coins and important Renaissance engravings that the silversmiths may have used as visual sources for their Caesarean figures and scenic compositions.
The good news is that cruise itineraries should return relatively back to normal by the end of the year — and that means the ancillary shore excursion operations, too.
The demolition under way Thursday only included ancillary buildings on the school property, and no decision has been made as to the future of the original structure built in 1926, said Lauren Roth, a spokeswoman for Orange County Public Schools.
The parents in Better Thingsaren’t annoying, ancillary, or both; the kids aren’t props; parenting isn’t some contained, hothouse activity taking place in the two unchanging rooms of a sitcom set.
In the 21st century, art is too often thought ancillary or supplementary—a by-product of society’s comfort and safety.
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Did You Know?
Ancillary derives from the English word ancilla, a somewhat rare word that means "an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult." That word derives from Latin, where it meant "female servant." While English "ancilla" is unlikely to be encountered except in very specialized contexts (such as philosophy or quantum computing), "ancillary" picks up on the notion of providing aid or support in a way that supplements something else. In particular, the word often describes something that is in a position of secondary importance, such as the "ancillary products in a company’s line."
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