san·​dal | \ˈsan-dᵊl \

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 \ adjective

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Military-issue rubber sandals and 1960s Russian textbooks line the shelves above us; the staff wear khaki-green camo and peak caps adorned with red stars. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Embellishments like crystals and feathers have taken over sandals and cross-body bags, giving the season’s accessories a bright, happy feeling. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top 10 Accessories Trends of Spring 2019," 16 Oct. 2018 Its purchase of shoemaker Jimmy Choo Plc last year added to its couture credibility, giving it $600 sandals and $1,000 pumps. Kim Bhasin, The Seattle Times, "Michael Kors $2 billion bet on Versace may be too bold," 25 Sep. 2018 Greenwald, who used to live at the Waldorf Astoria, was last seen holding a yellow folder, wearing a red shirt, black pants, black sandals and glasses. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former hedge fund millionaire who went from living posh lifestyle to homeless reported missing," 13 Aug. 2018 The Duchess styled her latest affordable look with her saddle flat sandals from Sarah Flint, oversized Karen Walker sunglasses and a lazy-girl low ponytail. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned With Kate Middleton in Her Polka Dot & Other Stories Dress," 22 Oct. 2018 Lead image: Marc Jacobs dress; Cartier earrings; Manolo Blahnik sandals; Hair: Kyrsten Oriol; Makeup: Eugene Williams for Chanel. Mickalene Thomas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Artist Mickalene Thomas Opens Up About the Importance of Diverse Bodies In Her Work," 3 Oct. 2018 Rock your favorite tee with a denim skirt and sandals. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Fourth of July Outfits You'll Want to Wear All Summer Long," 15 June 2018 For a hint of jewel, try a slinky heeled sandal with the straps dotted in rhinestones. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Sexiest Summer Shoes Are Covered in Bling," 6 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sandal

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

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