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 Once upon a time, before everyone in the house had a high-tech gadget (or two, or three) in their pockets, family board games were a treasured pastime. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 16 May 2022 With very few means of gainful employment or in-town entertainment, painting was both a popular pastime and a potential source of income. Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 Dolphin watching is also a popular pastime, and visitors can take a chartered boat to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 6 May 2022 Browsing and adding products to a cart is a popular pastime for online shoppers. Amir Levi, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Dominiece told Dateline that her mother loves music, and concerts are a regular pastime for the 39-year-old. NBC News, 19 Apr. 2022 Talking trash about the Kardashians is a common pastime for many ordinary Americans. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Cheering against Duke has always been a popular pastime. Neil J. Young, The Week, 2 Apr. 2022 Jai alai was a favorite pastime growing up in the small town of Markina-Xemein in northern Spain. Joshua Goodman,, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2022

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“Pastime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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