pas·time | \ˈpas-ˌtīm \

Definition of pastime 

: something that amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably : diversion Her favorite pastime is gardening. Baseball has been a national pastime for many years.

Examples of pastime in a Sentence

Baseball has been a national pastime for years.

Recent Examples on the Web

His latest pastime: singing Spanish-language love songs. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alan Faena Creates La Vie Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay," 18 June 2018 The digital era muted that pastime; music is streamed over the internet to laptops, phones and other devices. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "When Did a Famous Guitar-Smashing Occur? One Fan of The Clash Insists Everyone Has It Wrong," 5 June 2018 Playing board games and reading books may be casual pastimes, but new research suggests that activities like these can have a real impact on a person’s risk for developing dementia in old age. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Reading Books and Playing Games May Help Prevent Dementia: Study," 30 May 2018 Thankfully, many professional baseball stadiums offer peanut-free days or suites, so even people with a severe peanut allergy can enjoy America's pastime. Casey Seidenberg,, "Your kid's friend has food allergies. Here's how to host a safe play date.," 17 May 2018 Grilling is America's real favorite pastime, and the number one excuse to spend every minute outside in the sun. Elyssa Goldberg, Bon Appetit, "Fire Up Your Grills for These 40 Steak Recipes," 2 May 2018 In a country where skating is practically a national pastime, only three deaths in the past century occurred when all safety precautions were followed. Julia Griffin, Scientific American, "The Magic (and Math) of Skating on Thin Ice without Falling In," 12 Mar. 2018 Yet there's one member of the family who is never seen enjoying the royal pastime in public. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "Here's Why You'll Never See Kate Middleton on a Horse," 21 Apr. 2017 Today, many baby boomers don’t want to live out their days playing golf and bingo, watching television or pursuing other repurposed childhood pastimes. Abigail Jones, Newsweek, "The Age-Old Old Age Problem," 24 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pastime

: an activity that you enjoy doing during your free time


pas·time | \ˈpas-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of pastime

: something (as a hobby) that helps to make time pass pleasantly

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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