auxiliary etymology

English word auxiliary comes from Latin auxilium ((medicine) antidote, remedy. Help, aid.)

Detailed word origin of auxiliary

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
auxilium Latin (lat) (medicine) antidote, remedy. Help, aid.
auxiliarius Latin (lat) (in the plural) auxiliaries (troops). Ally. Assistant.
auxiliary English (eng) (grammar) An auxiliary verb.. A marching band colorguard.. A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.. A sailing vessel equipped with an engine. (grammar) Relating to an auxiliary verb.. (nautical) Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.. Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.. Helping; giving assistance or support.. Supplementary or subsidiary.