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.

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Baseball has been a national pastime for years.
Recent Examples on the Web But the general benefits of such pastimes go beyond, well, passing the time. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Stuck at home, families find a new way to bond: creating TikTok videos," 19 Apr. 2020 His collective works are generally thought of as a pastime of the upper class and intellectual elite, on par with opera. Emily Rose, Ars Technica, "In Half-Life’s improv scene, anyone can speak for Gordon Freeman," 16 Apr. 2020 But the two bonded quickly, aided by one of Popovich’s favorite pastimes: drinking wine. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio Spurs being snubbed by fans in NBA All-Star voting," 17 Jan. 2020 Speaking of fans and friends, one of Adelaide’s favorite pastimes is to wipe her mouth (not cheeks) on whoever is closest to her, paired with her soft and dainty purrs and meows to show her gratitude. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Adelaide and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 13 Dec. 2019 During your dad’s era, baseball was America’s pastime. Lucas Shaw,, "With No Sports to Announce, Joe Buck Turns to Parenting and Podcasting," 10 May 2020 Baseball games are on hold until further notice, but fans can delve into the history of America’s favorite pastime via a surprising source— The New Yorker, "The Met’s Online Archive of America’s Favorite Pastime," 10 Apr. 2020 Among incoming highlights are a reimagined Sondheim classic, a Dylan alt-musical, new plays by Martin McDonagh and Tracy Letts, a stunning saga of American capitalism and a unique ode to America’s favorite pastime. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Virginia Woolf' to Bob Dylan: 7 Highly Anticipated Spring Broadway Shows," 27 Feb. 2020 The Cubs gave America’s pastime a rare front-page moment in what was a complex ten years for the sport. Sean Gregory, Time, "My Top Sports Moment of the Decade: The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pastime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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