One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive On or towards the right-hand side (in a coat of arms, from the bearer's point of view, i.e. the left as it is depicted).The opposite of sinister
right-hand, dextral, at three o'clockView synonyms
- ‘It is an impaled shield, but her arms appear on it in the dexter half - where normally the husband's would be shown - and his in the sinister, indicating the higher dignity of the blood that she brought to their union.’
- ‘It's blue, master, with a red stripe sinister, and a yellow emblem on the dexter side.’
- ‘It is basically a wide stripe that runs from dexter chief to sinister base.’
- ‘Dexter aspects are considered more direct and effective than sinister aspects; Lilly writes of them ‘Observe the dexter aspect is more forcible than the Sinister’.’
- ‘And they will be even more fortunate if the attendant planets are in dexter aspect’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, ‘on the right’.
An animal of a small, hardy breed of Irish cattle.
- ‘As well as the beef and dexter sections, dairy classes will be back for the first time since the foot-and-mouth outbreak, and the popular young handler classes return, featuring guinea pigs, chickens and dogs.’
- ‘This month, we're mostly eating longhorn; last year, it was dexter.’
Late 19th century: said to have been named after the breeder.
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