The definition of subordinate is someone who is lower in rank to another or subject to another's control.(adjective)
An example of subordinate is an army private who is under command of a general.
See subordinate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < ML subordinatus, pp. of subordinare < L sub-, under + ordinare, to order: see ordain
See subordinate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English subordinat
Origin: , from Medieval Latin subōrdinātus
Origin: , past participle of subōrdināre, to put in a lower rank
Origin: : Latin sub-, sub-
Origin: + Latin ōrdināre, to set in order (from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
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