sand·​lot | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌlät How to pronounce sandlot (audio) \

Definition of sandlot

: a vacant lot especially when used for usually unorganized sports

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Other Words from sandlot

sandlot adjective
sandlotter \ ˈsan(d)-​ˌlä-​tər How to pronounce sandlot (audio) \ noun

Examples of sandlot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For decades on end, Babe Ruth’s name was a staple of America’s sports conversation, even among sandlot kids who knew little more than the sound of it. San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2021 Ramsey is a bit of a sandlot quarterback who has done nothing but win the past two seasons, effectively leading the offense for two different schools. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2021 An Irish immigrant named Denis Kearney, who ran a business in San Francisco hauling dry goods, began to deliver fiery speeches in a vacant sandlot near city hall. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2021 Clevinger wants to be out there like a school kid wildly pedaling his bike to a sandlot game with a glove threaded through the handlebars and baseball cards thwap-thwap-thwaping in the spokes. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 But Henry, only 14 but already a talented sandlot ballplayer, cared little for his high school studies. Richard Goldstein, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Back in our sandlot football days, defenses counted three Missississippis before rushing the quarterback. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2020 The Ravens’ offense was part sandlot and part leather helmet throwback, plus a dash of rugby. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2020 In many ways, the draft is like picking teams on the sandlot, where a captain may have to choose between a friend and a more talented player. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sandlot

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandlot was in 1878

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11 May 2021

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“Sandlot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandlot

US : an empty area of land in a city where children play games or sports


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