- without, lacking
- 1590, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, act v, scene 2 (First Folio ed.)
- Ber. […] And to begin Wench, ſo God helpe me law,
My loue to thee is ſound, ſans cracke or flaw.
Roſa. Sans, ſans, I pray you.
- 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 766:
- Those with brooms started to sweep literally, at the feet of the crowd, driving it back into the side streets from which it had emerged to form this assembly – now riders sans steeds.
- 1991, A. R. Morlan, The Amulet, page 212
- But regardless of when Wally had parked himself out in that backyard—sans coat or jacket—somehow, the old lady must have known where Wally would be before he drove out to the Isaacs trailer—or else she followed him out there from his house.
2007 September 4, Natalie Angier, “A Supple Casing, Prone to Damage”, in New York Times:
- Skin needs ultraviolet radiation to begin the synthesis of vitamin D, but dermatologists say you can probably get the necessary electromagnetic input from a mere 20 minutes of sun exposure a week, as you go about your daily affairs, sunblocked and sans beach.
sans (not comparable)
- (typography) short for sans serif.
- plural of san