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  1. follow-up(def 3b).
  2. a typographically distinct section of a page, as in a book or magazine, that amplifies or highlights the main text.
  3. a conference between the judge and lawyers out of the presence of the jury.
  4. a subordinate or incidental issue, remark, activity, etc.
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Origin of sidebar

First recorded in 1945–50; side1 + bar1
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Related Words for sidebar

reaction, aftereffect, aftermath, concomitant, corollary, leftover, offshoot, spinoff, aftertaste, byproduct, sidebar

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Historical Examples of sidebar

  • The man drove away in the sidebar leaving the Captain and the lumber wagon.

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  • Late in the afternoon the Captain returned riding in a sidebar buggy with a man.

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British Dictionary definitions for sidebar


  1. (in a newspaper, website, etc) a short article placed alongside and providing additional information about a longer one
  2. any subsidiary or supplementary thing
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Word Origin and History for sidebar


"secondary article accompanying a larger one in a newspaper," 1948, from side (adj.) + bar (n.1).

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