bend sinister

noun Heraldry.

a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief of an escutcheon to the dexter base: a supposed mark of bastardy.

Nearby words

  1. benchy,
  2. bend,
  3. bend dexter,
  4. bend one's elbow,
  5. bend over backwards,
  6. bend someone's ear,
  7. benda,
  8. bendectin,
  9. bended,
  10. bender

Origin of bend sinister

First recorded in 1615–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bend sinister

  • Baton-sinister, a bend-sinister like a marshal's baton, an indication of illegitimacy.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • His proud crest and armorial bearings support him: no bend-sinister slurs his poetical escutcheon!

    Table-Talk|William Hazlitt

British Dictionary definitions for bend sinister

bend sinister


heraldry a diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line
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