\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One doesn’t need to be an art critic to see a particular aesthetic in the two right hand figures in Picasso’s 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, reminiscent of various West African mask designs. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The remarkable resurgence of Ben Enwonwu who was already Africa’s greatest contemporary artist," 3 May 2020 Pushing a sanitized shopping cart at Meijer, the New Albany resident carried out with her vinyl-gloved right hand asparagus, potatoes, raspberries and ham, among other items. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "How the unemployed and furloughed are getting through the coronavirus pandemic," 20 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, Jalal rallies the troops — everyone except for Balach, Haqqani's former right hand man and the only person present who doesn't want to reign terror down on Afghanistan. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Homeland recap: Ka-boom again, again," 13 Apr. 2020 On the lower right hand corner of the screen, press the little menu icon. Steven Levy, Wired, "Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find," 30 Mar. 2020 Still, not everyone is cut out for this life, even though Ben forges a relationship with Marty's tough-as-nails right hand Ruth (Julia Garner), who eventually begins to question the Byrdes' loyalty to her. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ozark' hits new heights with its best-yet third season," 27 Mar. 2020 Wilson, who ended the season on IR due to a right hand injury, returned 20 kickoffs for 625 yards and a touchdown this season. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "All-AFC North Team: Special teams," 16 Jan. 2020 In Spurgeon’s extended absence since suffering a right hand injury, Brennan Menell has filled in admirably on the blue line. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild winger Jason Zucker out against hometown Golden Knights," 17 Dec. 2019 Starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon didn't play due to a right hand injury that happened at the end of Friday's 108-101 loss at the Detroit Pistons. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers hold off energized New York Knicks to complete 3-2 trip," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Right-hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right-hand. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the right hand


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Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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