pastime

noun
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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Security issues, six-digit hyperinflation, growing flight cancellations and a simmering political standoff have lured fewer, though Venezuelans have remained steadfast in their passion for the American pastime. baltimoresun.com, "MLB bans players from Venezuelan Winter League," 23 Aug. 2019 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that municipalities that have proposed feeding bans in the past have faced opposition and eventually abandoned the idea after backlash from voters who enjoy the pastime. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Security issues, six-digit hyperinflation, growing flight cancellations and a simmering political standoff have lured fewer, though Venezuelans have remained steadfast in their passion for the American pastime. chicagotribune.com, "MLB bans players from Venezuelan Winter League amid U.S. sanctions," 22 Aug. 2019 In California, dozens of falconers have turned the ancient pastime into business ventures used by an increasing tally of resorts, airports, farms and office buildings. Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times, "Calling in the ‘bird mafia’ to intimidate pesky pigeons and seagulls," 18 Aug. 2019 This seasonal pastime is as inherently DNA American as munching hot dogs at a baseball game. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: This father-son road trip was one for the books," 30 June 2019 Few pastimes are more summery than gathering on Griffith Park’s Old Zoo grounds to picnic, loll on blankets and rediscover the magic of straight-up theater. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival kicks off with 'Twelfth Night'," 28 June 2019 Figure out your trade situation and go to the Trading Post: Niantic is pushing trading at Pokemon Go Fest with a park section devoted to the pastime. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "5 quick tips for Pokemon Go Fest 2019," 13 June 2019 Trump and his team take over to protect the great American pastime! David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of pastime

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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pastime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pastime

: an activity that you enjoy doing during your free time

pastime

noun
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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