Dexter meaning

dĕkstər
(obsolete) Auspicious; favorable.
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Of or on the right-hand side.
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(obs.) Auspicious because seen on the right.
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(heraldry) On the right-hand side of a shield (the left as seen by the viewer)
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(heraldry) The right side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the left side to the viewer.
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Right hand.
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An occupational surname​ for a female dyer.
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Any of a number of places in the U.S.A. and Canada, named for persons with the surname.
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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Of or located on the right side.
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(heraldry) Situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's right and the observer's left.
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Right; on the right-hand side.
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Origin of dexter

  • Latin deks- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary