A sidebar is a small section of text next to a longer article. A sidebar usually has information that relates to the main story beside it. Sidebar alert: it also means changing the subject in the middle of a conversation.

Sidebars began in the printed newspaper world, and they've moved, along with newspapers and other news sources, to the internet. Most professionally-designed web pages include sidebars. In the legal world, a sidebar has a completely different meaning—it's a courtroom conversation between lawyers and the judge that jury members can't hear. The newspaper meaning dates from the mid-20th century.

Definitions of sidebar

n a short news story presenting sidelights on a major story

Type of:
news article, news story, newspaper article
an article reporting news

n (law) a courtroom conference between the lawyers and the judge that is held out of the jury's hearing

Type of:
a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question

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