a typographically distinct section of a page, as in a book or magazine, that amplifies or highlights the main text.
a conference between the judge and lawyers out of the presence of the jury.
a subordinate or incidental issue, remark, activity, etc.

Nearby words

  1. side-way,
  2. side-wheel,
  3. sidearm,
  4. sidearms,
  5. sideband,
  6. sideboard,
  7. sideboards,
  8. sidebone,
  9. sideburns,
  10. sidecar

Origin of sidebar

First recorded in 1945–50; side1 + bar1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sidebar



(in a newspaper, website, etc) a short article placed alongside and providing additional information about a longer one
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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