dex·ter1 / ˈdekstər/ •
adj. archaic & Heraldry of, on, or toward 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.dex·ter2 •
n. an animal of a small, hardy breed of Irish cattle.
(her.) right-hand. XVI. — L. dexter
, compar. formation, f. IE. base seen also in Gr. dexiós
on the right hand (with Indo-Iran., Balto-Slav., Gmc., Celt
., and Alb. cogns.); the primary meaning passes sometimes into ‘adroit’.
XVI. — F. — L. Hence dext(e)rous
in heraldry, of, 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
. The term is recorded from the mid 16th century and comes from Latin, ‘on the right’.