Definition of sidebar in English:


Syllabification: side·bar
Pronunciation: /ˈsīdˌbär


chiefly North American
  • 1A short article in a newspaper or magazine, typically boxed, placed alongside a main article, and containing additional or explanatory material.
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    • Rather than offering a balanced analysis, the author's main focus is on scandals, which are enhanced with sidebars and pejorative human-interest stories.
    • Well-captioned graphs, short sidebars with financial and market statistics, and fully explained photos make the editorial sections a pleasant read.
    • A short sidebar explored how many people were going online to discuss the bombing.
  • 1.1A secondary, additional, or incidental thing; a side issue.
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    • When they told me about him, I was crossing my fingers hoping he was from Seattle because it would have been a great sidebar for my series, but he wasn't.
    • Incidentally, as a sidebar, the arms deals provide vital levers of control in terms of spare parts supplies.
    • Believing that music should be free, man, a groundswell of penny-pinching hippies forced the promoter to provide free concerts as a sidebar to the festival.
  • 1.2 (also sidebar conference) (In a court of law) a discussion between the lawyers and the judge held out of earshot of the jury.
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    • Is this a sidebar conference on something the attorney general has so authoritatively stated his position on?
    • In a day filled with numerous sidebars requested by the Assistant District Attorney Thomas, Smith maintained her innocence and asserted that Laura Jones could not have committed the crime.
    • It's not a question to be decided by the Supreme Court and certainly not an issue to be decided in a sidebar on a case about the First Amendment.

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