Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Without.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Without, lacking.
  • adj. short for sans serif.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. Without; deprived or destitute of. Rarely used as an English word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without: a French word which has existed long in English without becoming naturalized: now archaic or affected, except as used in heraldry: as, a dragon sans wings; an ear of corn sans stalk.
  • n. An abbreviation of Sanskrit.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, blend of Latin sine, without and absentiā, in the absence of, ablative of absentia, absence, from absēns, absent-, present participle of abesse, to be away; see absent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sans, borrowed from Old French sans, sens, from Latin sine ("without") conflated with absēns ("absent, remote"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And we're supposed to believe that the pro-torture jokester of a pResident is going to finish out his term sans impeachment hearings because the country has outrage fatigue?

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  • He was barefoot, and if the term sans-culottes wasn't yet in common use, it wasn't for lack of trying on his part.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • The term sans-culottes, meaning "without breeches," implied that the members of this political group were (1 point) women, because they wore skirts. very poor and could not afford pants. pacifists who did not use guns. ordinary patriots without fine clothes.

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  • For 2010 they are cutting 1002M from the request, which means an actual reduction relative to the 2009 baseline (sans recovery bill) since the 2010 request was 903M more than the appropriated amount for 2009 (again sans recovery bill).

    Post-Griffin COTS: Dead or Not Dead? - NASA Watch

  • Medecin sans Frontieres (MSF a. k.a Doctors Without Borders) was born in 1971 when it broke from the International Committee of the Red Cross because the ICRC had balked at aid that might benefit the rebels.

    Peter Christian Hall: 'The Crisis Caravan': Charity's Road to Hell?

  • His name was embossed in sans serif letters (very non-pretentious): Dr. Edward Denture.

    Anhedonia (excerpt)

  • Right at the front door the owner has set aside every Batman related title sans Robin, Nightwing, Birds of Prey.

    Through the Bins | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • July 16, 2005 at 07: 55 AM love those eames chairs - lucky you! and the trip to spain sans children - woohoo is right!

    A winning combination

  • Some of these I've seen in books before, but never so generously cropped. 1929 - 31 contains a stills gallery, an alternative ending for MURDER, something to do with BLACKMAIL star Anny Ondra, and a 52m documentary called HITCHCOCK - LES FILMS DE JEUNESSE featuring Claude Chabrol and critic Bernard Eisenschitz that is undoubtedly in French sans soutitre.

    Archive 2005-11-27

  • For such young public release, the creators have done the unusual and stamped Wipee List with a 1.0 label sans any beta designation, which may seem a bit premature to some users given the rundown of improvements and extensions planned.

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  • "I tell him our destination.
    'San Domenico?' he repeated, 'lots of Sans in this country.'
    'Yes, sans fags, sans money, sans every bloody thing.'"
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall'.

    April 25, 2009

  • actually it's:
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything

    August 26, 2008

  • sans taste, sans eyes, sans everything

    -As You Like It
    (Shakespeare)

    January 11, 2007