- of or on the right-hand side
- Obs. auspicious because seen on the right
- Heraldry on the right-hand side of a shield (the left as seen by the viewer)
Origin of dexterClassical Latin dexter, right, to the right from Indo-European an unverified form de?s- from base an unverified form de?-, to take: see decent
- Of or located on the right side.
- Heraldry Situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's right and the observer's left.
- Obsolete Auspicious; favorable.
Origin of dexterLatin; see deks- in Indo-European roots.
- Right; on the right-hand side.
- (heraldry) The right side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the left side to the viewer.
- right hand
From Latin dexter, from Proto-Indo-European *deks(i)-tero-, from Proto-Indo-European *deks- (“right”) (Pokorny, Watkins, 1969; et al.) Compare Homeric Greek δεξιτερός (dexiteros) "right hand", δεξιός (dexios), "right", Old Church Slavonic деснъ (desnŭ, “right”).