adjective[attributive] archaic & Heraldry
On or towards the right-hand side (in a coat of arms, from the bearer’s point of view, i.e. the left as it is depicted). The opposite of sinister.
- It's blue, master, with a red stripe sinister, and a yellow emblem on the dexter side.
- It is basically a wide stripe that runs from dexter chief to sinister base.
- And they will be even more fortunate if the attendant planets are in dexter aspect
mid 16th century: from Latin, 'on the right'.
An animal of a small, hardy breed of Irish cattle.
- This month, we're mostly eating longhorn; last year, it was dexter.
- As well as the beef and dexter sections, dairy classes will be back for the first time since the foot-and-mouth outbreak, and the popular young handler classes return, featuring guinea pigs, chickens and dogs.
late 19th century: said to have been named after the breeder.