side·​bar ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio)
: a short news story or graphic accompanying and presenting sidelights of a major story
: something incidental : sidelight
a sidebar to the essay's central theme
: a conference between the judge, the lawyers, and sometimes the parties to a case that the jury does not hear

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than revisiting highlights of the event’s early years, a 21-title retrospective sidebar will explore the period in Asian cinema that immediately proceeded FEFF’s establishment. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2023 The sidebar is the most interesting new addition to Android Auto. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2023 Press Cmd + click a location (in the sidebar below Favorites), then choose Remove from Favorites. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 The app is very much just your sidebar on your phone. David Pierce, The Verge, 30 Mar. 2023 His second and third features, Involuntary (2008), and Play (2011), screened in the festival’s Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight sidebars, respectively. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2023 The film has been having a strong festival run since its world premiere in Venice’s Horizons Extra and North American premiere in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema sidebar, followed by Zurich. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 7 Feb. 2023 Once toggled off, the conversations will no longer appear in the user's conversation history sidebar. C Mandler, CBS News, 25 Apr. 2023 Next, click the URL Generator button under OAuth2 in the left sidebar. WIRED, 22 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidebar was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Sidebar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition


side·​bar ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio)
: 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
sidebar adjective
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