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: without
my love to thee is sound, sans crack or flawWilliam Shakespeare


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plural sans

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
When everyone's done with Dry January, Sipple will still be there, offering fun sans-booze beverages to the growing number of those who want it. Emma Balter, Chron, 19 Jan. 2023 Should audiences expect a haunting after leaving the theater or closing their laptops (sans the whole seven-days threat)? Marilyn Monroe, Vulture, 23 Sep. 2022 Additionally, sans-serif fonts are less likely to create problems for people who need to use optical character recognition and text-to-speech tools. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2023 For the native Seattleite missing home or the traveler who couldn't get enough of Pike Place Market, this gift box contains a little bit of everything from around the market (sans flying fish). Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Dec. 2022 This easy-to-wear option comes with a thick sole, perfect for extra squish factor (sans the sound). Ty Gaskins, Men's Health, 9 Jan. 2023 Target's original Threshold brand sans Studio McGee also dropped new home launches, with home decor essentials like this set of two cotton placemats for as little as $5. Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 While health is the top reason for going sans alcohol, people also participate to trim consumption or reset their drinking habits in the new year. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 30 Dec. 2022 Powered by 96 percent snail mucin, this essence boasts a uniquely slimey texture that instantly hydrates and plumps the skin sans any sticky residue. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Sans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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