san·​dal | \ ˈsan-dᵊl How to pronounce sandal (audio) \

Definition of sandal

1 : a shoe consisting of a sole strapped to the foot
2 : a low-cut shoe that fastens by an ankle strap
3 : a strap to hold on a slipper or low shoe
4 : a rubber overshoe cut very low

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Other Words from sandal

sandaled or less commonly sandalled \ ˈsan-​dᵊld How to pronounce sandal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sandal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bringing along a hard-wearing, closed-toe sandal that can also get wet and be used for water crossings on the trail, is a good idea. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Horatio has branched out into more conservative derby lace-ups and will soon roll out a breezy leather fisherman sandal for summer. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The second design is Croc's two-strap, slip-on sandal. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 5 June 2021 Who would’ve guessed that a sustainable sandal made from cork and jute could mediate the tension between fashion and comfort? Imani Granger, Marie Claire, 18 May 2021 Plus, the classic criss-cross slide sandal, a summer staple, is now being offered with a memory foam cushioned sole, thanks to Marina Larroude’s thoughtful brilliance. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 For those who need a sandal that fits their active lifestyle, these sandals are perfect for activities like hiking and walking through trails. Colin Daniels, Chron, 7 Apr. 2021 In that spirit, Shayk partnered with Tamara Mellon on three summer shoe styles, including a lug-sole boot that will pair perfectly with those little dresses, as well as two heeled sandals and a flat sandal with decidedly '90s inspiration. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 Chances are, Tory Burch's signature Miller sandal is already sitting in your closet. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of sandal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sandal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion, diminutive of sandalon sandal

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The first known use of sandal was in the 14th century

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17 Jun 2021

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“Sandal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandal

: a shoe with a bottom part that is held in place with straps around the foot and sometimes the ankle


san·​dal | \ ˈsan-dəl How to pronounce sandal (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandal

: a shoe consisting of a sole that is held in place by straps

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