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 sandalled (audio) \ adjective

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The denim Dolce & Gabbana dress worn by Lorna is also available, along with her belt, jewelry and sandals. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Orange Is the New Black' Props and Costumes Go Up for Auction," 23 July 2019 On September 2, 1945, in a grassy field in Hanoi known as Ba Dinh Square, a fifty-five-year-old man wearing a worn khaki tunic and white rubber sandals gave the speech that launched the Vietnam War. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Declaration Heard Around the World," 4 July 2019 Schwab was last seen wearing a tan, full-brim hat, white long-sleeve shirt, gray cargo shorts and older-style Teva shoes or sandals. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "California hiker missing in Grand Canyon presumed to have drowned, officials say," 3 July 2019 Casual footwear While flip-flops might be the most comfortable pair of shoes for the summertime, there are times when sandals add a touch more pizazz to an outfit. Jean Chen Smith,, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 The look was complete with gold cuffs on each wrist, strappy sandals by Eli Peacock for Afffair, a pair of gold earrings and a long shimmering gold cape. Claudia Harmata,, "Beyoncé Meets Broadway's Lion King Star Ahead of Her Debut as Nala in Disney Remake," 19 June 2019 My go-to sandals are Valentino Garavani Rockstud Cage slides or Jimmy Choo wedges. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Four local couples share their favorite summer activities, while making new memories with INDULGE," 4 June 2019 Hambleton spent years searching for sandals that would both support and flatter her flat feet. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Why 'Grandma Shoes' Are Having a Moment," 26 May 2017 While Jenner accompanied the fit with a pair of dark shades and sky blue pumps, Karanikolaou opted for a floppy, white straw hat and strappy sandals. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Summer Vacation Never Looked Hotter Than Kylie Jenner in Turks and Caicos," 15 July 2019

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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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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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