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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Both real and a metaphor, the slide sandal accommodates a life of impulsiveness — of easy, and perhaps frivolous, commitment. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Celebrities Are Slipping Into Love Like a Pair of Slide Sandals," 13 July 2018 The Knights had wrapped the bronze warrior in duct tape from helmet to sandals to protect him from the slings and arrows and paint balloons of pranksters from across town. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 Closed toed shoes required (wear old sneakers or water shoes; no sandals). Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events: July 4-14," 2 July 2018 Markle went for a sleeveless eyelet number by Shoshana paired with a Madewell straw topper, shades, and leather lace-up sandals by Sarah Flint. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had a Pretty Woman Moment at a Polo Match Over the Weekend," 2 July 2018 Finish the ensemble with a metallic wedge sandal like the version by Ancient Greek Sandals — just casual but cool for lakeside dinners, Wine Country tastings or staycations., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 She can been seen traversing the base of the statue and sitting in the folds of the statue's dress and under Lady Liberty's sandal. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Statue of Liberty protester is immigrant active in resisting Trump policy," 5 July 2018 Hundreds of thousands of people attend, wearing traditional summer kimonos called yukatas and sandals made of wood or bamboo. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 Williams, who police believe is the man in the orange sandals, has been arrested and charged with depraved murder without premeditation since June 20. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Search still on for corpulent con man as person of interest in XXXTentacion murder," 3 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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