right-hand

[rahyt-hand]

adjective

on the right.
of, for, or with the right hand.
most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
Also right-handed. Building Trades.
  1. (of a door) having the hinges on the right when seen from the exterior of the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
  2. (of a casement sash) having the hinges on the right when seen from inside the window.

Origin of right-hand

adj. use of right hand

right hand

noun

the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is.
the right side, as of a person, especially this side considered as the side of precedence or courtesy.
a position of honor or special trust.
an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.

Origin of right hand

before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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Contemporary Examples of right-hand

Historical Examples of right-hand

  • It was a voice behind him saying—“This is the way, walk ye in it,” now that he was turning aside to the right-hand or to the left.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • The Secret Service agents on the right-hand side of the159 followup car are looking back and to their right.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • His body, so tradition states, was buried on the right-hand side of the high altar in the church.

  • In this tangled nook Lees right-hand man was shot through a terrible mistake of his own soldiers.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • He must knock at the little door on the right-hand side of the landing there.



British Dictionary definitions for right-hand

right-hand

adjective (prenominal)

of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the righta right-hand bend; this car has right-hand drive
for use by the right hand; right-handed
right-hand man one's most valuable assistant or supporter
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Word Origin and History for right-hand

right hand

n.

Old English rihthand; see right (adj.2) + hand (n.). Figurative for "indispensable person," 1520s; right-hand man first attested 1660s. Right-handed attested from late 14c.

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