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

Other Words from sandal

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

Examples of sandal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the most lux end of the scale, there’s the Hermès Oran sandal. Vogue, 10 May 2022 Welcome back to the Sandal Battle, Outside’s March Madness–style tournament that will crown the ultimate outdoor sandal. Jeremy Rellosa, Outside Online, 6 May 2022 The couple was photographed out on a dinner date on Saturday in Rihanna's native Barbados, Rihanna looking incredible in a Dundas lace-up mini dress, Tom Ford sandal heels, and a Dior bag. ELLE, 18 Apr. 2022 Monáe finished the look with strappy black sandal heels. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Mar. 2022 Sweeney accessorized with silver sandal heels and purple jewelry to match the gown. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2022 The chic espadrilles combine the stylish good looks of a strappy sandal with the walkable height of a platform sole. Brittany Vanderbill,, 18 Apr. 2022 Poppy & Stella Go casual with a sandal or dress it up with a bold pump. Karen Jackson, Baltimore Sun, 8 Apr. 2022 Reviewers do note that the sandal runs a bit small, so consider sizing up. Laura Fisher, Travel + Leisure, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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

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12 May 2022

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“Sandal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sandal


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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