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sans

[sanz; French sahn]
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preposition
  1. without.

Origin of sans

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French sans, earlier sens, seinz a conflation of Latin sine without, and absentiā in the absence of, ablative of absentia absence

San1

[sahn]
noun, plural Sans, (especially collectively) San for 1.
  1. a member of a nomadic aboriginal people of southern Africa.
  2. any of more than a dozen related Khoisan languages spoken by the San.
Also called Bushman.

San2

[sahn]
noun
  1. a river in central Europe, flowing from the Carpathian Mountains in W Ukraine through SE Poland into the Vistula: battles 1914–15. About 280 miles (450 km) long.

Sans.

  1. Sanskrit.
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British Dictionary definitions for sans

sans

preposition
  1. an archaic word for without

Word Origin

C13: from Old French sanz, from Latin sine without, but probably also influenced by Latin absentiā in the absence of

san

noun
  1. old-fashioned, informal short for sanatorium

San1

noun
  1. an aboriginal people of southern Africa
  2. a group of the Khoisan languages, spoken mostly by Bushmen

San2

noun
  1. a river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and flowing northwest across SE Poland to the Vistula River. Length: about 450 km (280 miles)

Sans.

Sansk.

abbreviation for
  1. Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for sans

adv.

early 14c., from French sans, Old French sen, sens (with adverbial genitive) "without, except, apart, not counting," cognate with Provençal senes, Old Catalan senes, Old Spanish sen (Spanish sin), Old Italian sen, from Vulgar Latin *sene, from Latin sine "without," enlarged form of sed, se "without," from PIE root *sen(e)- "apart, separated" (see sunder). In reference to fonts, 1927, short for sans-serif.

san

Japanese honorific title, 1878, short form of more formal sama.

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sans in Medicine

SAN

abbr.
  1. sinoatrial node
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