pas·​time | \ ˈpas-ˌtīm How to pronounce pastime (audio) \

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 Most theme park fans are not likely to protest changes, said Lewison, noting that park enthusiasts have been shut out of their favorite pastime for more than a year. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "How COVID changed Disneyland’s Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance," 28 Apr. 2021 Scrolling through breeder and adoption pages online became our new evening pastime, which typically ended with fatigue from sticker shock and the millionth video emphasizing the many responsibilities of pet parenthood. Sydney Lake, Fortune, "Quarantine was made a little less ruff with this one pandemic purchase," 18 Apr. 2021 Embracing baseball again brings to mind all the cracking good films that have been made directly or indirectly about our national pastime. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: ‘Higher & Higher’ an hour and a half of music and memories," 1 Apr. 2021 Although hiking isn’t usually my go-to pastime, any excuse to keep me outside was a welcome one. Adam Schubak, Redbook, "My Mental Health Needed Mohonk Mountain House," 16 Mar. 2021 The hip-hop veteran capitalized on his favorite pastime back in 2015 with the launch of his brand, Leafs by Snoop. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Blaze Up! Here Are 10 Musician-Backed CBD & THC Brands," 5 Mar. 2021 Support from the cocktail community rallied them to transform their pastime into a business. Maneet Ahuja, Forbes, "From A 29-Year-Old Record-Label Founder To An Ed-Tech Entrepreneur: 10 Standout Black Small Business Owners From The Next 1000," 3 Mar. 2021 Lately our national pastime seems to be the blame game, and there are about 10 possibilities to pick. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Political fundraising, policing, chaplains and COVID, the right spirit," 12 Dec. 2020 The elder Jo, determined not to infect his son, has avoided seeing friends and gave up his favorite pastime of hiking. Washington Post, "South Korea’s university entrance exams were stressful enough. Then a pandemic arrived.," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Pastime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pastime

: an activity that you enjoy doing during your free time


pas·​time | \ ˈpas-ˌtīm How to pronounce pastime (audio) \

Kids Definition of pastime

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

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