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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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Examples from the web for sidebar
  • sidebar mini games available on the site teach scientific concepts that can be used to help solve the larger mystery.
  • They've been replaced by links on the left-hand sidebar, underneath your main profile picture.
  • Earlier this year, they introduced a sidebar for customizing your search.
  • Nor is this colonial dimension a sidebar to the main event.
  • The link to the first video is below, the rest can be reached through the sidebar or through the the persons channel page.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on the sidebar on the right for additional gift guides as the season progresses.
  • See the sidebar at right for further details along with information on how to apply for a seed grant.
  • sidebar looks a bit upscale on the inside, but it has a laid back environment and welcomes guests in all types of attire.
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+)
Related Terms

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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