from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A band passing from the upper sinister corner of an escutcheon to the lower dexter corner.

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  • noun 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.

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  • noun a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left


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  • A diagonal band that runs from the sinister chief to the dexter base on a heraldic shield.


    August 31, 2008