bar sinister


plural bars sinister or bar sinisters
: a supposed heraldic charge widely believed to be a mark of bastardy
: the fact or condition of being born to parents who are not married to each other

Examples of bar sinister in a Sentence

back in the days when the bar sinister was a real obstacle to social acceptance

Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bar sinister was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Bar sinister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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