Definitions

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

  • preposition Without.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of Sanskrit.
  • Without: a French word which has existed long in English without becoming naturalized: now archaic or affected, except as used in heraldry: as, a dragon sans wings; an ear of corn sans stalk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition Without; deprived or destitute of. Rarely used as an English word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • preposition Without, lacking.
  • adjective short for sans serif.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, blend of Latin sine, without and absentiā, in the absence of, ablative of absentia, absence, from absēns, absent-, present participle of abesse, to be away; see absent.]

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Middle English sans, borrowed from Old French sans, sens, from Latin sine ("without") conflated with absēns ("absent, remote").

Examples

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  • sans taste, sans eyes, sans everything

    -As You Like It

    (Shakespeare)

    January 11, 2007

  • actually it's:

    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything

    August 26, 2008

  • "I tell him our destination.

    'San Domenico?' he repeated, 'lots of Sans in this country.'

    'Yes, sans fags, sans money, sans every bloody thing.'"

    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall'.

    April 25, 2009