\ ˈsanz How to pronounce sans (audio) \

Definition of sans

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without my love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw— William Shakespeare


\ ˈsanz How to pronounce sans (audio) \
plural sans

Definition of sans (Entry 2 of 2)

Synonyms for sans

Synonyms: Preposition

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of sans in a Sentence

Preposition She went to the party sans her husband. anyone sans shirt will not be allowed in the restaurant
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner were all photographed sans significant others. Glamour, 21 May 2022 On the morning of an avoidance course, each snake is muzzled with a special medical tape, then returned to its glass enclosure in the evening, sans-tape. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 18 May 2022 The pop star also wears a green velvet outfit, while Affleck sports a black suit sans tie. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 May 2022 Bacon noted he was approached to be in the direct-to-video sequels, but had no interest sans a theatrical release. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Yet another post featured some behind-the-scenes footage of a stunt being done in Everything Everywhere All at Once — sans green screen. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 7 May 2022 Reva sends bounty hunters and Stormtroopers after the Jedi, who dispatches them quite easily, sans lightsaber. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 4 May 2022 The Matrix-esque streetwear look (sans the G-string) was taken straight out of Bevza's fall/winter 2022 collection—based on love through time and distance—which just debuted on the runway and is not yet available for purchase. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2022 The dress, designed by Dior, worn sans its original slip, was completely transparent, revealing a bra and underwear from Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty line. The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sans.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sans


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sans


Middle English saun, sans, from Anglo-French san, sanz, modification of Latin sine without — more at sunder

Learn More About sans

Time Traveler for sans

Time Traveler

The first known use of sans was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near sans




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for sans

Cite this Entry

“Sans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sans. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on sans

Britannica English: Translation of sans for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!