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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A heraldic bend or baton sinister, held to signify bastardy. Not in technical use.
  • n. A hint or proof of illegitimate birth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a term popularly but erroneously used for baton, a mark of illegitimacy. See Baton.
  • adj. See under Bar, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
  • n. the status of being born to parents who were not married


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  • A heraldic charge or mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left. Bend sinister: "from the left side".

    August 31, 2008