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.

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They are forbidden from transporting guns anywhere else, including second homes, shooting ranges outside New York City, or shooting competitions that are a pastime of many gun owners. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gun Rights Return to the Supreme Court," 22 Jan. 2019 In addition to her environmental activism, Carr is an evangelist for paddleboarding as a pastime. Steve Friess, SELF, "Why Environmentalist Lizzie Carr Is Paddleboarding 170 Miles Down the Hudson River," 7 Sep. 2018 There’s her reflexive bipartisanship at a time when partisan tensions are very high and resistance to Donald Trump is practically her state’s favorite pastime. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Feinstein Finally Signals Support For Legal Pot," 1 May 2018 Makes sense, this link between the national pastime and pooches. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 From about $900 per person for three nights, Finnish Lapland As in neighboring Sweden and Norway, skiing is such an integral pastime in Finland that even the capital cities have ski trails built into the urban layout. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 Protecting America’s pastime, however, seems like another matter altogether. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Swing for the Fences With Chinese Bats," 7 Dec. 2018 Binge-watching may be America’s favorite pastime, but at Allure our pursuit of choice is product testing. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The September 2018 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You'll Get This Month," 1 Sep. 2018 Celebrating diversity of America’s favorite pastime. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers offer 'Pride Pack' tickets in support of LGBT community," 8 July 2018

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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 How to pronounce pastime (audio) \

Kids Definition of pastime

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

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