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dexter

[ dek-ster ]
/ ˈdɛk stər /
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adjective

on the right side; right.
noting the side of a heraldic shield that is to the right of one who bears it (opposed to sinister).

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dexfenfluramine, dexie, dexiocardia, dexiotropic, dexpanthenol, dexter, dexterity, dexterous, dextr-, dextrad, dextral

Origin of dexter

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

Definition for dexter (2 of 2)

Dexter

[ dek-ster ]
/ ˈdɛk stər /

noun

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.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for dexter (1 of 3)

dexter

1
/ (ˈdɛkstə) /

adjective

archaic of or located on the right side
(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 for dexter

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

British Dictionary definitions for dexter (2 of 3)

dexter

2
/ (ˈdɛkstə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dexter

C19: perhaps from the surname of the original breeder

British Dictionary definitions for dexter (3 of 3)

Dexter

/ (ˈdɛkstə) /

noun

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

Medicine definitions for dexter

dexter

[ dĕkstər ]

adj.

Of or located on the right side.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.