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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Sites and shows like those and others suggest that, in our highly individualistic world, ancestry is just a pastime. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian, "This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George Washington, Lays Bare the Legal Power of Geneaology," 18 June 2019 While Protect The Game was designed to help veterans integrate back into civilian life, for Moser, umpiring is simply another pastime. Parth Upadhyaya, The Denver Post, "Colorado company using military veterans to combat dwindling number of youth baseball umpires," 16 June 2019 Republicans have no evidence for their claims of bias — but that doesn’t stop them Decrying social media bias has been a favorite pastime of Republicans this year. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s social media conspiracy theory, briefly debunked," 18 Dec. 2018 Ironically, the cost-cutting tactic evolved into a pricey pastime trying to develop the perfect recipe. Emma Simmons,, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 Bad optics for the game, and the less of that the better for a pastime that frequently seems past its time. Bob Ford,, "Baseball netting must increase as attention spans decrease | Bob Ford," 4 June 2019 In one, black identity can leave blerds alienated over their passion for what’s seen as a white pastime. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018 Since then, psychedelic drugs have had a reputation mostly as a dangerous hippie pastime. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Apollo, the Graphic Novel; Scientists on Acid and Other New Science Books," 1 June 2018 His enjoyment of competition stretches even to darts, known in the United States as a pub pastime but serious business in the United Kingdom, where television ratings and prize money are high. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry's No.1 love is Meghan Markle. Sports is a close second.," 16 May 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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