What does subsidiary mean?

Definitions for subsidiarysəbˈsɪd iˌɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subsidiary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldier(noun)

    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

  2. subsidiary company, subsidiary(adj)

    a company that is completely controlled by another company

  3. auxiliary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary(adj)

    functioning in a supporting capacity

    "the main library and its auxiliary branches"


  1. subsidiary(Noun)

    A company owned by the parent company or holding company

  2. subsidiary(Noun)

    a subordinate theme

  3. subsidiary(Adjective)

    auxiliary or supplemental

  4. subsidiary(Adjective)

    secondary or subordinate

  5. subsidiary(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a subsidy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subsidiary(adj)

    furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary; especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity; as, a subsidiary stream

  2. Subsidiary(adj)

    of or pertaining to a subsidy; constituting a subsidy; being a part of, or of the nature of, a subsidy; as, subsidiary payments to an ally

  3. Subsidiary(noun)

    one who, or that which, contributes aid or additional supplies; an assistant; an auxiliary

  4. Origin: [L. subsidiarius: cf. F. subsidiaire. See Subsidy.]


  1. Subsidiary

    A subsidiary company, subsidiary, or sister company is a company that is completely or partly owned and partly or wholly controlled by another company that owns more than half of the subsidiary's stock. The subsidiary can be a company, corporation, or limited liability company. In some cases it is a government or state-owned enterprise. The controlling entity is called its parent company, parent, or holding company. An operating subsidiary is a business term constantly used within the United States railroad industry. In the case of a railroad, it refers to a company that is a subsidiary but operates with its own identity, locomotives and rolling stock. In contrast, a non-operating subsidiary would exist on paper only and would use the identity and rolling stock of the parent company. Subsidiaries are a common feature of business life, and all multinational corporations organize their operations in this way. Examples include holding companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, Time Warner, or Citigroup; as well as more focused companies such as IBM, or Xerox Corporation. These, and others, organize their businesses into national and functional subsidiaries, oftentimes with multiple levels of subsidiaries.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. subsidiary

    A competitor who has come off his perch through threats or bribes, or both.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subsidiary' in Nouns Frequency: #2033


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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