Meaning of AUXILIARY in English

I. ȯg-ˈzil-yə-rē, -ˈzil-rē, -ˈzi-lə- adjective

Etymology: Latin auxiliaris, from auxilium help; akin to Latin augēre to increase — more at eke

Date: 15th century


a. : offering or providing help

b. : functioning in a subsidiary capacity

an auxiliary branch of the state university

2. of a verb : accompanying another verb and typically expressing person, number, mood, or tense


a. : supplementary

b. : constituting a reserve

an auxiliary power plant

4. : equipped with sails and a supplementary inboard engine

an auxiliary sloop

II. noun

( plural -ries )

Date: 1567


a. : an auxiliary person, group, or device ; specifically : a member of a foreign force serving a nation at war

b. : a Roman Catholic titular bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and not having the right of succession — called also auxiliary bishop

2. : an auxiliary boat or ship

3. : an auxiliary verb

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