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A handmaiden (or handmaid) is a personal maid or female servant, particularly to women of higher rank than the handmaiden herself.[1] The term is occasionally synonymous with lady-in-waiting.

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  1. ^ "Handmaiden - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-09-17.