handmaiden

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noun hand·maid·en \ˈhan(d)-ˌmā-dən\
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handmaid

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Definition of handmaiden

  1. 1 :  a personal maid or female servant

  2. 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

  1. the princess was intensely shy, and allowed only her handmaiden to enter her chambers

14th Century

First Known Use of handmaiden

14th century


HANDMAIDEN Defined for English Language Learners

handmaiden

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noun hand·maid·en \ˈhan(d)-ˌmā-dən\

Definition of handmaiden for English Language Learners

  • : a female servant or maid



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