American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Heraldry A band passing from the upper sinister corner of an escutcheon to the lower dexter corner.
- n. heraldry A diagonal band on a coat of arms going from top right to bottom left (as you look at it), held to indicate bastardy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Her.) an honorable ordinary drawn from the sinister chief to the dexter base.
- n. a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
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