side·​bar | \ ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio) \

Definition of sidebar

1a : a short news story or graphic accompanying and presenting sidelights of a major story
b : something incidental : sidelight a sidebar to the essay's central theme
2 : a conference between the judge, the lawyers, and sometimes the parties to a case that the jury does not hear

Examples of sidebar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another sidebar about 2016, but does anyone remember how mad Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was because Deshaun Watson didn’t win the Heisman that year? Joseph Goodman |, al, 17 Nov. 2021 Indeed, this year’s films in the On the Rise competition section and supplemental Pushing the Boundaries sidebar, which showcases cutting-edge works by young and established filmmakers, ended up sharing unmistakable themes. Ed Meza, Variety, 9 Nov. 2021 Ventana Sur’s Blood Window Works in Progress sidebar, along with the event’s Screenings and project pitchings, have firmly cemented the annual event as one of the standout dates for genre cinema in Latin America and abroad. Jamie Lang, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 When Richards asked for the tail number of the airplane, Binger objected and there was a brief sidebar conference before Judge Bruce Schroeder sent out the jury to hear the rest of the objection in open court. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2021 WIPs by Annecy sidebar is curated by the French festival and its MIFA market. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 1 Nov. 2021 On a sidebar, it was announced last week that Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss were joining the Sun Belt Conference. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 The article ran on Page 8-A as a sidebar to a story about hundreds of people auditioning to work as characters; Magic Kingdom was less than three months from its opening date. Dewayne Bevil,, 20 Oct. 2021 Allow me a sidebar to bring you up to speed about Slow Streets. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of sidebar

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of sidebar was in 1928

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30 Nov 2021

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“Sidebar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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side·​bar | \ ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio) \

Legal Definition of sidebar

: sidebar conference had failed to request a sidebar before injecting the collateral offense into the trialDockery v. State, 659 So. 2d 219 (1994) also : the place near or before the bench where a sidebar conference takes place the judge informed both attorneys…that they…could stand at sidebar while questions were posed Commonwealth v. Urena, 632 N.E.2d 1200 (1994) — compare bench, stand

Other Words from sidebar

sidebar adjective


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