Anchorman
Newsreader
Angels
Soldiers of the regime. They fight to expand Gilead's borders.
Archaic
Old-fashioned, out of use
Aunts
Ruthless female control agency composed of older, infertile women who train Handmaids.
Blitzkrieg
Literally 'lighting war'
Bootlegger
Distiller and/or distributor of illegal alcoholic drinks
Commander
The elite. Patriarchs of the State and of households.
Commencement
Graduation (from High School or University)
Daughters
The adopted or natural children of Commanders and Wives.
Econowives
Wives of lower-ranking men. They fulfil all traditional roles in the home.
Eyes
Internal intelligence agents who seek out those violating the regime in thought or deed.
Gender Traitors
Gay men and lesbians
Girdle
Old-fashioned female foundation undergarment
Greasepaint
Theatrical make-up used to coat the face
Guardians of the Faith
Lower-ranking military personnel assigned to daily and menial policing tasks
Handmaid
Fertile woman whose only function is to breed for the State
Jezebels
Prostitutes and escorts used only by Commanders
Keepers
Physically fine babies
Marthas
Older, infertile women condemned to domestic servitude
Overall Jeans
Dungarees
Prayvaganzas
Enforced mass public prayer meetings
Salvagings
Public executions
Scurvy
Disease resulting from lack of Vitamin C
Soi-disant
So-called or self-styled
Unbabies/Shredders
Babies born with physical or mental defects
Unwomen
Sterile women, lesbians, feminists, dissidents, nuns and rebels
Wives
Wives of Commanders. The highest-ranking women.