Adjective "dexter" definition and examples

(Dexter may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈdɛkstə/

Definitions and examples

adjective

On or towards the right-hand side (in a coat of arms, from the bearer's point of view, i.e. the left as it is depicted).
  1. 'Dexter aspects are considered more direct and effective than sinister aspects; Lilly writes of them ‘Observe the dexter aspect is more forcible than the Sinister’.'
  2. 'It is an impaled shield, but her arms appear on it in the dexter half - where normally the husband's would be shown - and his in the sinister, indicating the higher dignity of the blood that she brought to their union.'

noun

An animal of a small, hardy breed of Irish cattle.
  1. 'As well as the beef and dexter sections, dairy classes will be back for the first time since the foot-and-mouth outbreak, and the popular young handler classes return, featuring guinea pigs, chickens and dogs.'

More definitions

1. on the right side; right.

2. noting the side of a heraldic shield that is to the right of one who bears it (opposed to sinister).

More examples(as adjective)

"corps can be dexter."

"saws can be dexter."

"backs can be dexter."

"thoughts can be dexter."

"schools can be dexter."

More examples++

Origin

Late 19th century: said to have been named after the breeder.