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

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Unlike open-toed sandals and sock-like slip-ons, these shoes can handle both rocky river bed and steep trail with support and protective coverage. Karen Campbell,, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019 Silver high-heeled sandals and dark eyeshadow completed Turner’s ensemble. Ashley Boucher,, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Wear Matching Red Outfits to Rehearsal Dinner Ahead of France Wedding," 28 June 2019 As a result, analysts say, Costco has been able to expand its lineup of upscale goods in recent years to include North Face hoodies, Birkenstock sandals and Ugg boots. Washington Post, "Costco quietly becomes a destination for clothes," 28 June 2019 Shown at floor level, some of the first objects to greet visitors are a pair of gold sandals and individual golden toe coverings (1479-1425 B. C.), made in Egypt as funerary jewelry for a royal wife. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Bling Through the Ages," 1 Nov. 2018 Fox was also wearing a black and white or blue and white checkered waist-length jacket, maroon flared jeans with a yellow patch on one knee, and brown sandals with a heel strap. Fox News, "New Jersey cold case includes ransom phone call that said 'your daughter's life is the buttered topping'," 25 June 2019 Holmes then styled the tricky piece with a quilted red Chanel bag, large aviator sunglasses, and multicolor striped sandals by Christian Louboutin. Vogue, "How Katie Holmes Styles Overalls in the Summer," 24 June 2019 These include: No open toed shoes, flip flops, crocs or sandals. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Have the urge to break something? You should check out this new Louisville venue," 22 June 2019 The rangers hiked in cheap sneakers and plastic sandals to avoid giving away their presence. Ben C. Solomon, New York Times, "‘These Forests Are the Lungs of the Country’: Thai Rangers Guard Precious Rosewood," 21 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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