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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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Origin of dexter

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

Other definitions 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)

dexter1
/ (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)

dexter2
/ (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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Medical definitions for dexter

dexter
[ dĕkstər ]

adj.
Of or located on the right side.
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