subsidiary

adjective
sub·​sid·​i·​ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce subsidiary (audio) , -ˈsi-də-rē\

Definition of subsidiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : furnishing aid or support : auxiliary subsidiary details
b : of secondary importance a subsidiary stream
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a subsidy a subsidiary payment to an ally

subsidiary

noun
plural subsidiaries

Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is subsidiary especially : a company wholly controlled by another

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from subsidiary

Adjective

subsidiarily \ səb-​ˌsi-​dē-​ˈer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce subsidiarily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The regulation is a piece of subsidiary legislation, subject to negative vetting. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader on first use of emergency powers in 50 years to ban masks," 4 Oct. 2019 Should the deal go through, United Technologies stakeholders are likely to own the majority of the shares. United Technologies aerospace products, including jet engines manufactured by subsidiary brand Pratt & Whitney. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "United Technologies and Raytheon in advanced merger talks, reports say," 9 June 2019 She’s surrounded by four other actors who, in addition to each playing one major role all on their own, also switch all the subsidiary characters among themselves — often by donning a pair of glasses or ostentatiously opening a fan. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs," 6 June 2019 The Treasury has targeted at least 21 individuals, five crime syndicates and two subsidiary gangs associated with the Yakuza. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Puts Sanctions on Japanese Firms It Says Are Linked to Yakuza Crime Network," 2 Oct. 2018 Although creditors in the U.S. may get wiped out in bankruptcy, losses are contained at the subsidiary level. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Treasury Misfire," 28 Nov. 2018 To the music written as the coda of Tchaikovsky’s pas de deux (featuring a soft-shoe-wearing Young Drosselmeier and a barefoot Marie), Mr. Morris floods his stage with 12 pairs of subsidiary characters—toys, rats, snowflakes, flowers, party guests. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Hard Nut’ Review: A Refreshed Christmas Classic," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead, the baby would likely get one of the subsidiary titles that the Queen gave Harry on the day of his wedding. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby's Last Name Might Surprise You," 15 Oct. 2018 As of press time, Bethesda.net includes a broad range of games developed by Bethesda and its subsidiary studios, along with some (but not all) of those companies' back-catalog titles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "War changes: Fallout 76 is series’ first in a decade to skip Steam," 7 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a Mac, meanwhile, Firefox reported not 10 but 94 cross-site trackers at USA TODAY, including many set by such ad networks as Taboola and Google’s DoubleClick subsidiary. Michelle Maltais, USA TODAY, "Here’s how to see who’s tracking you across the Web right now," 4 Nov. 2019 More than 140 vegetable products made by a Fresh Del Monte Produce subsidiary and sold at supermarkets across the U.S. and in Canada have been recalled due to concerns they might be contaminated with listeria. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "More than 140 vegetable products recalled by Fresh Del Monte Produce Mann's brands due to listeria fears," 4 Nov. 2019 Google made a similar move in 2015, but called its new parent company Alphabet and restructured its company to make Google a subsidiary. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Facebook rebrands as calls for government-led breakup continue," 4 Nov. 2019 All of the properties owned by Nationwide subsidiaries listed in the complaint were included as part of the overall valuation of Nationwide on the disclosure forms, Plakon said. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Rep. Scott Plakon hid real estate holdings, ethics complaint alleges," 2 Nov. 2019 The report’s sponsors included SoCalGas, fellow Sempra subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric, the Utility Workers Union of America and several groups that SoCalGas has funded. Los Angeles Times, "California ditched coal. The gas company is worried it’s next," 22 Oct. 2019 Under that agreement, Hudson’s Bay and a subsidiary will own the stores and Le Tore will operate from them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saks owner Hudson’s Bay to go private," 21 Oct. 2019 Aramark first acquired the contract for the three centers and care of nearly 800 asylum seekers in 2005, transferring all contracts to a subsidiary called Campbell Catering, Ltd. in 2018. Hannah Beckler, The New Republic, "“It’s a Prison”," 14 Oct. 2019 Fremantle subsidiary Miso Film is producing the series together with Outline Film for Danish channel TV 2, Sweden's SVT and Scandinavian outlet Viaplay. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "MIPCOM: BBC, RTL Join 'The Investigation' From 'Mindhunter' Director," 9 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'subsidiary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of subsidiary

Adjective

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsidiary

Adjective

Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about subsidiary

Statistics for subsidiary

Last Updated

11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for subsidiary

The first known use of subsidiary was in 1543

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for subsidiary

subsidiary

adjective
How to pronounce subsidiary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not as important as something else
: owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a company that is owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun
sub·​sid·​i·​ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē, -ˈsi-də-rē\
plural subsidiaries

Legal Definition of subsidiary

: a company having the majority of its stock owned by another company — compare affiliate

Note: The parent company of a subsidiary generally has the same policy-making powers as any majority owner and can do such things as appoint directors and hire officers. The subsidiary is controlled by the parent through these powers, and the parent may be held liable for the acts of the subsidiary if the subsidiary is found to be an instrumentality of the parent.

Other Words from subsidiary

subsidiary adjective

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on subsidiary

What made you want to look up subsidiary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to speed up the process or progress of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!