Definition of sans in English:



humorous, literary
  • Without.

    ‘a picture of Maughan sans specs’
    • ‘Will we be regretting our single or common law status sans children when we're 40 and are nearing the end of our childbearing days?’
    • ‘A vigorous new moon in your sign will soon restore that amorous confidence, and you'll be perkier than ever, sans pharmaceuticals.’
    • ‘Quite simply, this is a catchy, well-timed shot of futuristic retro, sans cliché or endless mirror-ball gazing.’
    • ‘The two-door hatchback car comes sans engine, carburettor, gearbox, radiator and exhaust.’
    • ‘Because it's 50 miles off the Queensland coast, the water is exceptionally clear, sans coastal runoff and sediment.’
    devoid, bereft, deprived, in need
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Middle English: from Old French sanz, from a variant of Latin sine ‘without’, influenced by Latin absentia ‘in the absence of’.