san·​dal ˈsan-dᵊl How to pronounce sandal (audio)
: a shoe consisting of a sole strapped to the foot
: a low-cut shoe that fastens by an ankle strap
: a strap to hold on a slipper or low shoe
: a rubber overshoe cut very low
sandaled adjective
or less commonly sandalled

Examples of sandal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And my pair of nice leather sandals sat unused for the entire trip. Erin Johnson, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Other barely-there red heels include pointed-toe pumps from Ferragamo and Prada and Proenza Schouler’s strappy red sandals. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2024 With nearly 200 styles of Birkenstock sandals included in Rue La La’s sale, now’s the time to upgrade your old pair. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 After being spotted on February 10 in an outfit composed of basics and elevated with fuchsia socks and heeled sandals, Holmes continues to flaunt daring looks on the streets of New York City. Chloé Versabeau, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2024 Street vendors said the popularity of the sandals colored with the Ivorian flag (orange, white and green) had soared during the Africa Cup of Nations. Elian Peltier Joao Silva, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Singer and actress Fantasia stunned in a black and tan sheer gown by Cong Tri with matching gloves and Le Silla black sandals. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 Style these with a tucked in T-shirt, tank top, or lightweight sweater and your favorite sneakers, sandals or heels. Carly Totten, Southern Living, 3 Feb. 2024 This corduroy design is perfect for those transitional months as it can be teamed with leggings or jeans for the spring and worn bare-legged with sandals for the summer. Kat Romero, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Sandal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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san·​dal ˈsan-dᵊl How to pronounce sandal (audio)
: a shoe consisting of a sole strapped to the foot

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