bar sinister


noun

Heraldry. (not in technical use) a bend sinister or a baton.
the proof, condition, or stigma of illegitimate birth.

Origin of bar sinister

First recorded in 1815–25
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Related Words for bar sinister

illegitimacy, bastardy

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British Dictionary definitions for bar sinister

bar sinister

noun

(not in heraldic usage) another name for bend sinister
the condition, implication, or stigma of being of illegitimate birth
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