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dexter

[dek-ster]
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adjective
  1. on the right side; right.
  2. noting the side of a heraldic shield that is to the right of one who bears it (opposed to sinister).

Origin of dexter

1555–65; < Latin: right, favorable; akin to Gothic taihswa, Old Irish dess, Greek dexiós, Lithuanian dẽšinas, Sanskrit dakṣina

Dexter

[dek-ster]
noun
  1. Also Dex·ter-Ker·ry [dek-ster-ker-ee] /ˈdɛk stərˈkɛr i/. one of a breed of small, hardy, usually black dual-purpose cattle, derived from the Kerry breed of Ireland.
  2. a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for dexter

dexter1

adjective
  1. archaic of or located on the right side
  2. (usually postpositive) heraldry of, on, or starting from the right side of a shield from the bearer's point of view and therefore on the spectator's left
Compare sinister

Word Origin

C16: from Latin; compare Greek dexios on the right hand

dexter2

noun
  1. a small breed of red or black beef cattle, originally from Ireland

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from the surname of the original breeder

Dexter

noun
  1. John. 1925–90, British actor and theatre director
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Word Origin and History for dexter

Dexter

masc. proper name, from Latin dexter "on the right hand" (see dexterity). Cf. also Benjamin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dexter in Medicine

dexter

(dĕkstər)
adj.
  1. Of or located on the right side.
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