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[sahyd-bahr] /ˈsaɪdˌbɑr/
follow-up (def 3b).
a typographically distinct section of a page, as in a book or magazine, that amplifies or highlights the main text.
a conference between the judge and lawyers out of the presence of the jury.
a subordinate or incidental issue, remark, activity, etc.
Origin of sidebar
First recorded in 1945-50; side1 + bar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The man drove away in the sidebar leaving the Captain and the lumber wagon.

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  • Late in the afternoon the Captain returned riding in a sidebar buggy with a man.

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British Dictionary definitions for sidebar


(in a newspaper, website, etc) a short article placed alongside and providing additional information about a longer one
any subsidiary or supplementary thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sidebar

"secondary article accompanying a larger one in a newspaper," 1948, from side (adj.) + bar (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for sidebar



Auxiliary; supplementary: Now he has a side-bar job, hustling beer or sports equipment (1950s+)


  1. A news or feature story serving as a supplement or background to a main story: Banner headlines and sidebar after sidebar flashed in front of our eyes/ the wandering sidebars and frivolous frolicking of the Post (1948+ News media)
  2. A conference held between lawyers and a judge unheard by the jury: Some judges hold these meetings, known as sidebars, in the courtroom at the side of the bench away from the jury (1980s+ Courtroom)

[adjective and first noun senses probably fr the late 1800s use of sidebar buggy or wagon for a vehicle having longitudinal reinforcements along the sides; perhaps fr side-bar, ''an auxiliary toll-gate on a road leading into a main toll-road''; second noun sense fr auxiliary bars, legal or courtroom sites and barriers, formerly found in the Scottish and English parliaments, and so noted by 1708]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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