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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Industry Minister Jan Mladek:

    The most probable option is a subsidiary of CEZ because that is the most painless one, as it allows for the entry of the technology supplier, but only into the blocks, and not into CEZ as such.

  2. The House:

    House Republicans are once again putting the NRA ahead of their responsibility to keep the American people safe, this bill is just the latest evidence that House Republicans have become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NRA.

  3. Greece Eduardo Moura:

    The ruling in favor of (Eldorado subsidiary) Hellas Gold is the result of a lawsuit we filed months ago, it doesn't allow us to start activities in Halkidiki but it undermines the argument that the ministry used to revoke our permits.

  4. Muyiwa Adejobi:

    We were told that some guys came in two vehicles dressed as officials in charge of repairs and maintenance of the gas pipelines and then used dynamite to blow up the gas line belonging to a subsidiary of (state energy firm) NNPC, unfortunately one of the lines was damaged. There are other lines that were not affected.

  5. Vimpelcom Chief Executive Jean-Yves Charlier:

    We are in discussions with Hutchison regarding a possible equal joint venture between 3 Italia SpA and Vimpelcom's subsidiary WIND Telecommunicazioni SpA, there can be no assurances that an agreement will be signed and any transaction would be subject to, among other things, achieving satisfactory debt levels and obtaining all required corporate and regulatory approvals.

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