sand·​lot ˈsan(d)-ˌlät How to pronounce sandlot (audio)
: a vacant lot especially when used for usually unorganized sports
sandlot adjective
sandlotter noun

Examples of sandlot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s put a damper on American Legion programs and other types of widely affordable community ball at neighborhood sandlots. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 His mother gently encourages him to try to play with the boys in the neighborhood -- a diverse crew of best friends who gather to play baseball on the local sandlot. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 30 June 2023 The nearest baseball field to the New York Court of Appeals is a sandlot that will soon host a youth league, ages 4 to 6. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2023 The Whiz Kid Born poor in segregated Atlanta, Greason — imitating older ballplayers on sandlots — learned to pitch in the early 1930s. Louie Lazar, New York Times, 4 June 2023 The 1993 coming-of-age film revolves around a boy named Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry), who befriends a group of boys who play baseball at his new neighborhood's sandlot during the summer of 1962. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 9 May 2023 More than a half-dozen of the boys and girls on Wafula’s sandlot team are orphans, which is why the coach uses baseball as a tool to teach larger lessons. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Much like the North Texas music scene, sandlot has its own culture. Stephanie Salas-Vega, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2023 Aaron learned the game on the sandlots in his hometown, Willie Mays came out of the milltowns around Birmingham, Willie McCovey was an alumnus of Central High School in Mobile and Billy Williams also was a Port City product from Mobile County Training School. Mark Inabinett |, al, 9 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandlot was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Sandlot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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sand·​lot ˈsan-ˌ(d)lät How to pronounce sandlot (audio)
: a vacant lot especially when used by youngsters for unorganized sports
sandlot adjective
sandlotter noun
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