\ 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

absent, minus, wanting, without

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Examples of sans in a Sentence


She went to the party sans her husband. anyone sans shirt will not be allowed in the restaurant

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The logo replaces an all-caps, serif style created in 1999 with a sans-serif, bold text. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Rebrands Burberry With a New Peter Saville Logo," 2 Aug. 2018 The design features a black sans-serif I, C, and A on a white background. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "The ICA is getting a new logo," 31 May 2018 Stuffy wall texts have been replaced by short panels in a zippy sans-serif typeface, part of a larger rebranding by Sagmeister & Walsh. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Museum’s Fresh Take on the Whole Megillah," 25 Jan. 2018

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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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