\ 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 Packaged in lavender and matte-finish plastic, the products have names like Zero Chill Face Mist, Look Alive Eye Balm, and Dreamy Dew Moisturizer—all printed in a sans-serif font. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Stranger Things Star Millie Bobby Brown Launches Gen Z Beauty Line," 20 Aug. 2019 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 Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "The ICA is getting a new logo," 31 May 2018 Stuffy wall texts have been replaced by short panels in a zippy sans-serif typeface, part of a larger rebranding by Sagmeister & Walsh.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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“Sans.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sans. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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