sand·cas·tle | \ˈsan(d)-ˌka-səl \
variants: or sand castle

Definition of sandcastle 

: a small model of a castle or other structure that is made with sand on a beach Ruth lay beside Piet unhappily, not quite ready to bask and beautify herself like a teenager, yet too old for sandcastles.— John Updike "What you want is a change of air. We will pop down together hand in hand this week-end to some seaside resort. You shall build sand castles, while I lie on the beach and read the paper."— P. G. Wodehouse

Examples of sandcastle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Other activities include live music by Just Jeannie, face painting, an inflatable slide, noodles, relays, a sandcastle contest and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The three of them make a sandcastle, complete with bridges and moats. Shaila Kapoor,, "The moment on the beach is fleeting. Or is it forever?," 25 June 2018 And the photo has to meet two key qualifications: It's gotta be funny and cute, like Gia doing pull-ups at the playground or building a sandcastle at the beach. Mario Lopez, Redbook, "Mario Lopez Doesn't Want to be That Parent," 14 Aug. 2013 Pouring the concrete for the structure resembled building a sandcastle: forms burst, walls bulged, and section after section had to be patched up or started again. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "How Can It Take 15 Years and $32 Million to Build a Neighborhood Library?," 29 Mar. 2018 Alcohol is permitted, and the beach is the site of festivals, concerts and an annual sandcastle competition. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Photos: Galveston beaches from the 1900s to today," 2 Feb. 2018 Then, taking a long walk with our guide dogs to Oceanside Pier, having lunch at Ruby’s, then walking back and resting on the sand building sandcastles, digging holes and surfing with our dogs for the rest of the day. Lisa Deaderick,, "Showing others that blindness is not a tragedy," 3 Sep. 2017 Each team can have up to eight sandcastle builders, and alternates are allowed. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Sandcastle Builders are Converging in Newport Beach This Weekend for a Truly Epic Sand Sesh," 28 Sep. 2017 This summer Disney World erected a gold and blue lighthouse sculpture at Seven Seas Lagoon—the spot where Graves died while building sandcastles on the beach. Southern Living, "Disney World Doubled Its Capture of Alligators Following Toddler’s Tragic Death," 2 Nov. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sandcastle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sandcastle

1854, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sandcastle

Share sandcastle

Statistics for sandcastle

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sandcastle

The first known use of sandcastle was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Comments on sandcastle

What made you want to look up sandcastle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!