Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bar sinister

noun

Definition of bar sinister

  1. 1 :  a heraldic charge held to be a mark of bastardy

  2. 2 :  the fact or condition of being of illegitimate birth



Examples of bar sinister in a sentence

  1. <back in the days when the bar sinister was a real obstacle to social acceptance>



1823

First Known Use of bar sinister

1823


Learn More about bar sinister


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bar sinister? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove perplex soothe reduce
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ