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[sahyd-bahr] /ˈsaɪdˌbɑr/
follow-up (def 3b).
a typographically distinct section of a page, as in a book or magazine, that amplifies or highlights the main text.
a conference between the judge and lawyers out of the presence of the jury.
a subordinate or incidental issue, remark, activity, etc.
Origin of sidebar
1945-50; side1 + bar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Late in the afternoon the Captain returned riding in a sidebar buggy with a man.

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  • The man drove away in the sidebar leaving the Captain and the lumber wagon.

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British Dictionary definitions for sidebar


(in a newspaper, website, etc) a short article placed alongside and providing additional information about a longer one
any subsidiary or supplementary thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sidebar

"secondary article accompanying a larger one in a newspaper," 1948, from side (adj.) + bar (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sidebar



  1. A sheet containing the lines and cues for one performer (1933+ Theater)
  2. A phonograph record (1936+)
  3. The music on one side of a phonograph record, one band of a long-playing record, one segment of a cassette or other tape, etc • usually plural: He had never heard these classic sides until recently (1936+)

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on the side, stateside, sunny side up, topside, the wrong side of the tracks

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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