What does dexter mean?

Definitions for dexter
ˈdɛk stərdex·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dexteradjective

    on or starting from the wearer's right


  1. dexternoun

    The right side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the left side to the viewer.

  2. dexternoun

    right hand

  3. dexteradjective

    Right; on the right-hand side.

  4. Dexternoun

    for a female dyer.

  5. Dexternoun

    Any of a number of places in the U.S.A. and Canada, named for persons with the surname.

  6. Dexternoun

    transferred from the surname.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEXTERadjective

    The right; not the left. A term used in heraldry.

    Etymology: Latin.

    My mother’s blood
    Runs on the dexter cheek, and this sinister
    Bounds in my sire’s. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.


  1. dexter

    Dexter, in its most common terms, often refers to a television show, but in a more general context can refer to the right side of something, often used in heraldry. It can also refer to being skillful or adept.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dexteradjective

    pertaining to, or situated on, the right hand; right, as opposed to sinister, or left

  2. Dexteradjective

    on the right-hand side of a shield, i. e., towards the right hand of its wearer. To a spectator in front, as in a pictorial representation, this would be the left side

  3. Etymology: [Prob. so named after the original breeder.]


  1. Dexter

    Dexter is an American television drama series which debuted on Showtime on October 1, 2006. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for a fictional Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life as a serial killer. Set in Miami, the show's first season was largely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first of the Dexter series novels by Jeff Lindsay. It was adapted for television by screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons have evolved independently of Lindsay's works. In February 2008, reruns began to air on CBS, although the reruns on CBS ended after one run of the first season. The series has enjoyed wide critical acclaim and popularity. Season 4 aired its season finale on December 13, 2009 to a record-breaking audience of 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime. Michael C. Hall has received several awards and nominations for his portrayal of Dexter, including a Golden Globe. On November 18, 2011, it was announced that Dexter had been renewed for two more seasons. Season 7 premiered on September 30, 2012. The Season 7 premiere was the most watched Dexter episode ever with over 3 million viewers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dexter

    deks′tėr, adj. on the right-hand side: right: (her.) of that side of the shield on the right-hand side of the wearer, to the spectator's left.—n. Dexter′ity, right-handedness: cleverness: readiness and skill: adroitness.—adjs. Dex′terous, Dex′trous, right-handed: adroit: subtle.—adv. Dex′terously.—n. Dex′terousness.—adj. Dex′tral, right, as opposed to left.—n. Dextral′ity, right-handedness.—adv. Dex′trally.—adjs. Dex′tro-gȳ′rate, causing to turn to the right hand; Dex′trorse, Dextror′sal, rising from right to left. [L. dexter; Gr. dexios, Sans. dakshina, on the right, on the south.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dexter is ranked #3535 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dexter surname appeared 10,099 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Dexter.

    83.8% or 8,470 total occurrences were White.
    10.8% or 1,093 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 210 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 191 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 72 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 63 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dexter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dexter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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