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


plural subsidiaries

Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from subsidiary


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

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective BBC Studios is the subsidiary arm of the BBC, and ITV is the U.K.’s biggest commercial broadcaster. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 28 Feb. 2022 All other human passions are subsidiary to lust for money and contempt for those no longer in a position to dole it out. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, 29 Jan. 2020 Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, crowning Point Loma’s seabound ridge, is a vast public symbol, a monument, enveloping a multitude of subsidiary symbols like a fruit cradling seeds. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2020 Analysts estimate the subsidiary’s earnings will drop by about 8.9% this year, the most since 2003. Bruce Einhorn,, 19 May 2020 The drug has the backing of one of Japan’s most powerful companies, Fujifilm, whose subsidiary Toyama Chemical developed Avigan. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Earlier this month, Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir announced a temporary reduction in flight services across their global network, owing to weak demand as a result of the outbreak., 2 Apr. 2020 The company has also formed strategic investor partnerships with Consort Medical, whose subsidiary Bespark manufacturers Binx's test cartridges, and Wondfo Biotech. Mark Hay, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2020 The all-cash deal for the minority holding, made through subsidiary Sony Corporation of America, will see Bilibili and Sony collaborate in entertainment businesses in the Chinese market, including anime and mobile games. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Live Nation and subsidiary ScoreMore have denied all allegations levied against them, as has Contemporary Services Corporation, the main security provider for the event. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2022 The company, which has a subsidiary in Cleveland called Freeboard Technology, put its first buoy off Cleveland in 2016, one near the Cleveland Water intake crib off downtown Cleveland and another 12 miles out that replaced a NOAA research buoy. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 11 May 2022 Electronic Arts and its subsidiary EA Sports will end a three-decade partnership with FIFA — global soccer's governing body — the gaming company announced on Tuesday. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 10 May 2022 Each of them formed a subsidiary for this purpose: MoMo PSB, Smartcash PSB, Moneymaster PSB, and 9PSB respectively. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 5 May 2022 The Destiny-maker, which is set to become a Sony subsidiary in the coming months, went on to defend its position in the replies to a heavily trafficked tweet that went out to the company's 2.8 million followers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 By creating a subsidiary known as Host Limited Partners (L.P). Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Public utilities aligned with large multination energy companies investing big in exporting abroad, like Sempra subsidiary Southern California Gas, have raised no doubts about its impact on consumer prices at home. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Having Styles in a feature film can be seen as a coup for WB subsidiary New Line as the singer is dominating the cultural zeitgeist these days. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subsidiary


1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsidiary


Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops

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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


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