san·​dal | \ˈsan-dᵊl \

Definition of sandal 

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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 \ adjective

Examples of sandal in a Sentence

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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 The second was a few weeks earlier, when Beckham stepped out to dinner in France wearing black trousers, brown sandals, and … a sarong. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018 Wearing a denim Alexander McQueen jacket, black skinny jeans, a black tee and strappy sandals, and rocking her signature curly lob with bangs, Obama also cut a rug with R&B singers Ciara and Kelly Rowland at the celebration. Michelle Darrisaw,, "This Video Of Michelle Obama Dancing With Jussie Smollett At College Signing Day Is The Break You Need From The News," 3 May 2018 Minimal, strappy heeled sandals and Saint Laurent sunglasses were A-list finishing touches. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson Takes the Baggy Jean to the Red Carpet," 11 July 2018 For her big prom night, Lola opted to wear a spaghetti strap lavender dress with a thigh-high split paired with strappy sandals and a white rose corsage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa Shares Rare Photo of Her Daughter Going to Prom on Instagram," 7 June 2018 The company makes sandals and sneakers that are designed to function in and around water and often sport patterns drawn from the landscape, many created by island artists. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How OluKai Makes Its Hand-Dyed Indigo Kicks," 30 May 2018 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

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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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sandal tree

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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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