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sand·​wich ˈsan(d)-ˌwich How to pronounce sandwich (audio)
 dialectal  ˈsaŋ-
: two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between
: one slice of bread covered with food
Have an open-faced sandwich, with one slice of bread instead of two, mustard instead of butter, and some vegetable sticks to munch on.Your Health & Fitness
: something resembling a sandwich
especially : composite structural material consisting of layers often of high-strength facings bonded to a low strength central core


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sandwiched; sandwiching; sandwiches

transitive verb

: to make into or as if into a sandwich
especially : to insert or enclose between usually two things of another quality or character
: to make a place for
often used with in or between

Examples of sandwich in a Sentence

Noun I had a ham sandwich for lunch. a peanut butter and jelly sandwich Verb sandwiched six kids into the backseat somehow
Recent Examples on the Web
The pastries look as if they were overnighted from Paris, even as the signature breakfast sandwich — a biscuit with fried chicken, pimento cheese and hot honey — showcases Southern cuisine. Kevin Draper Doug Mills, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Church chef Adam Reaves will make grab-and-go sandwiches. Kayleigh Ruller, Charlotte Observer, 12 Apr. 2024 The sandwiches come in clear or gold packaging and have an expiration date of 8/31/2024. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 12 Apr. 2024 Anyone who's ever been to the tournament knows the pimiento cheese sandwich isn't to be missed—even if the recipe did change a few years ago. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 Chicken sandwiches are top picks at fast-food chains. Jessica Dinapoli, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 Freitag has a few tips for someone recreating the sandwich at home. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 15 minutes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 After all, offering a card offering one free breakfast sandwich per week for a year on April 1 is almost daring people to be gullible. Chris Morris, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024
Organizing that celebration has been something of a challenge: Leverkusen, a small city sandwiched between Cologne and Düsseldorf, does not possess a civic building with a ceremonial balcony big enough to allow the team to greet its fans. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 This is a tri-ply pot, which means it’s made of three layers of metal—an aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. Wilder Davies, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2024 Prepare yourself to eat again with a walk through Old City — the historic neighborhood encompassing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, among other notable American treasures —conveniently sandwiched between the two restaurants. Regan Stephens, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Orange Dreamy Creamy Flying Saucer: Orange Dreamy Creamy soft serve sandwiched between two Flying Saucer chocolate wafers. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2024 The road is sandwiched between two shopping centers, featuring stores such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and Trader Joe’s. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 Bjorkstrand and Wright also scored in the first period for the Kraken, goals sandwiched around a power play marker by Fabian Zetterlund at the 14:19 mark. Blackwood, making his fourth straight start, made seven saves in the first period and eight more in the second. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 Individually, those sandwiched between an aging parent and their own children should take time for themselves when possible, and lean on others. Pooja Makhijani, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 How to Get There Located in Monroe, Utah, a tiny town sandwiched between national forest lands, Mystic Hot Springs is about a 2.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City and roughly four hours from Las Vegas. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History



John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich †1792 English diplomat

First Known Use


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandwich was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Sandwich.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
sand·​wich ˈsan-(ˌ)(d)wich How to pronounce sandwich (audio)
: one or more slices of bread or a roll with a filling or spread
: something resembling a sandwich


2 of 2 verb
: to insert between two or more things
: to make a place for : crowd


named for John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, died 1792, English diplomat

Word Origin
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was famous in 18th century England as a powerful political figure. He was also known to be fond of playing cards. The story was told that he once spent an entire night at the card table. Instead of leaving the game to have dinner, he ordered that slices of meat be brought to him between two pieces of bread. In that way he could continue playing while he ate. This convenient type of food soon became popular throughout England. Because of the story about the Earl, it became known as the sandwich.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Sand·​wich ˈsan(d)-(ˌ)wich How to pronounce Sandwich (audio)
town on the Stour River in Kent, southeastern England population 4600

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