\ ˈsanz How to pronounce sans (audio) \

Definition of sans

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: 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)

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Synonyms for sans

Synonyms: Preposition

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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 What was once a draw for celebrities looking to unwind in peace is a perk for bubble groups looking to vacation sans crowds. Christine Sarkis, USA TODAY, "Planning a vacation with your COVID-19 bubble: Pick from private tours, camping, luxury options," 24 Feb. 2021 Even with just eight scholarship players available against Oklahoma, Texas nearly salvaged a win sans starters Jericho Sims and Courtney Ramey and key reserve wing Brock Cunningham. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "No. 6 Texas finally at full strength ahead of matchup with No. 2 Baylor," 1 Feb. 2021 Cynthia sighs and says that her 250-person pandemic wedding will be all outside, while Kandi, Porsha, and Kenya arrive sans LaToya, giving us the first event with just our main 5 peach holders. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Allow Me To ReintroDrewce Myself," 26 Jan. 2021 The Grammys have been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns, just weeks before the event was scheduled to take place, sans audience, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A historic win in Georgia," 6 Jan. 2021 Whoopi Goldberg echoed that sentiment—sans expletives. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Here are the best reactions to Trump's Twitter ban," 9 Jan. 2021 The rustic glamour shot was snapped outside of a home, sans traditional Christmas trees or lights. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Shame on you': Candace Cameron Bure calls for 'respect' after 'haters' lambast family photo," 5 Jan. 2021 Or, those who are charged with helping distribute the vaccine may have been working, sans pay. Fox News, "President Trump signs COVID relief, spending bill averting shutdown. So what happens now?," 28 Dec. 2020 But as the authors themselves note, the same result—sans lasers—was published in 1946, Marr says. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020

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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

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“Sans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sans. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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