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.

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Among favorite pastimes was GRAW, most likely a reference to Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, a tactical-shooter videogame. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "California Bar Shooter Had Domestic-Disturbance History After Serving in Afghanistan," 8 Nov. 2018 The Umbrella Bar, an outdoor bar at The Rock Complex in Franklin, mixes vacation-vibes with America's pastime. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Umbrella Bar: An outdoor venue that combines vacation-vibes with America's pastime — in Franklin," 9 May 2018 Gun and Trump enthusiasts did not take kindly to the characterization, and at least one alerted the F.B.I. The piece is less a literal threat than obvious commentary based on Eric and Donald, Jr.’s long-standing pastime of hunting big game. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Eric and Donald Trump Jr.’s Big Game Hunting Hobby Inspires Jim Carrey’s Art Hobby," 29 Mar. 2018 Pigeon keepers like Nabil Ruslaan insist their pastime doesn’t harm anyone. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "In a Coo Few People Want, Raqqa’s Pigeons Return," 29 Oct. 2018 Despite his busy schedule, Quavo still carves out time to play basketball, one of his favorite pastimes. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Quavo Make a Half-Court Shot in a Full Louis Vuitton Look," 8 Oct. 2018 As a consolation, North Korea watchers can return to one of their favorite pastimes, scrutinizing which North Korean officials make it to the viewing balcony with Kim. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "AP Explains: What to expect at N.Korea 70th anniversary gala," 7 Sep. 2018 Her winter pastime included never missing the UCONN Women's basketball games., "Rita Mae Nelson," 7 July 2018 The girl says her favorite pastime is playing on her tablet, which is purple and loaded with games and music. Mark Curnutte,, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018

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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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