Definition of handmaiden
1 : a personal maid or female servant
2 : something whose essential function is to serve or assist criticism is not the enemy of art but rather its handmaiden — Gary Michael
Examples of handmaiden in a Sentence
the princess was intensely shy, and allowed only her handmaiden to enter her chambers
Recent Examples of handmaiden from the Web
Perhaps Jenna could play a handmaiden to Daenerys, swayed over to the Targaryen side after seeing Drogon’s arrival on the shores of Westeros? 3.
No politician wants to risk getting tagged as a handmaiden to big banks.
My mother went with them and spent the week threading leis, ironing pa‘u, and generally acting as a kind of hula handmaiden.
The United States was the handmaiden to the successful election in November, when Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won in a landslide.
Henceforth, rather than military power serving as the handmaiden of diplomacy, the reverse would be true.
Oddly, automakers are usually the handmaidens for Big Oil’s wishes.
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Definition of handmaiden for English Language Learners
: a female servant or maid
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