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
Oddly, automakers are usually the handmaidens for Big Oil’s wishes.
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HANDMAIDEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of handmaiden for English Language Learners
: a female servant or maid
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