pastime

noun pas·time \ ˈpas-ˌtīm \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

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

  1. Baseball has been a national pastime for years.

Recent Examples of pastime from the Web

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century


PASTIME Defined for English Language Learners

pastime

noun

Definition of pastime for English Language Learners

  • : an activity that you enjoy doing during your free time


PASTIME Defined for Kids

pastime

noun pas·time \ ˈpas-ˌtīm \

Definition of pastime for Students

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


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