Subsidy vs Subsidiary - What's the difference?

subsidy | subsidiary |

As nouns the difference between subsidy and subsidiary

is that subsidy is financial support or assistance, such as a grant while subsidiary is a company owned by the parent company or holding company.

As a adjective subsidiary is

auxiliary or supplemental.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • Financial support or assistance, such as a grant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (dated) Money granted by parliament to the British Crown.
  • Antonyms

    * tax




    (en adjective)
  • Auxiliary or supplemental.
  • * (John Florio) (1553-1625)
  • chief ruler and principal head everywhere, not suffragant and subsidiary
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • They constituted a useful subsidiary testimony of another state of existence.
  • Secondary or subordinate.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}
  • Of, or relating to a subsidy.
  • * (1805-1875)
  • George the Second relied on his subsidiary treaties.


  • A company owned by a parent company or a holding company, also called daughter company or sister company.
  • (music) a subordinate theme