right-hand

adjective \ ˈrīt-ˌhand \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of right-hand

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

First Known Use of right-hand

1567

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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right hand

noun

Definition of right hand

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

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First Known Use of right hand

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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RIGHT-HAND Defined for English Language Learners

right-hand

Definition of right-hand for English Language Learners

  • : located closer to your right hand : located on the right side

  • : made for the right hand


RIGHT-HAND Defined for Kids

right-hand

adjective \ ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Definition of right-hand for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

right-hand

adjective \ ˈrīt-ˌhand \

medical Definition of right-hand

1 : situated on the right

right hand

noun

medical Definition of right hand

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


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