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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The sunny weather means makes chilling along the banks of the Garonne River a popular pastime, and the Pyrénées mountains, less than two hours away by train, are epic for hiking and skiing. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "5 beautiful cities in France for avoiding the Paris crowds," 24 July 2019 For Barlet — who grew up in Round Rock, Tex., playing video games on his Atari 2600 — making gaming more accessible to the disabled is about more than promoting a favorite pastime. Washington Post, "How a West Virginia group helped make video games accessible to the disabled," 16 July 2019 But the time spent on this subject is overshadowed by his other favorite long-running pastime, expressing sympathy for rich and powerful men enmeshed in scandal. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old," 10 July 2019 Although baseball has long been known as America’s pastime, attendance at major league games has dropped for the fourth year in a row, according to the Associated Press. Currie Engel, Time, "Google Doodle Scores a Home Run With Its Instantly Addictive Fourth of July Baseball Game," 3 July 2019 While America's favorite pastime meets the world, the world's game is being played this weekend across four continents, along with a key matchup in the Cricket World Cup and a NASCAR race with a thrilling recent past. Julius Long And David Close, CNN, "Baseball royalty and rivalry, multiple World Cups and motor sports are ones to watch this weekend," 28 June 2019 Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Indians are out of town, so enjoy America's pastime with Dad the old fashioned way by gathering around the radio at League Park and listening to the game., "12 things to do in Cleveland on Father’s Day weekend," 15 June 2019 Picking up sheds, a western pastime, is allowed in parts of Wyoming only from May through November. Mike Koshmrl, National Geographic, "What it takes to catch antler thieves," 19 July 2019 If baseball is America’s national pastime, has ice cream been declared its national food? Mary Ann Ashcraft,, "Carroll Yesteryears: As National Ice Cream Day approaches, remembering Carroll’s early parlors and creameries," 12 July 2019

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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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