sand·​wich | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌwich How to pronounce sandwich (audio) , ˈsam-; dialectal ˈsaŋ- \

Essential Meaning of sandwich

1 : two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them I had a ham sandwich for lunch. a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
2 : two or more cookies, crackers, or slices of cake with something between them (chiefly US) an ice-cream sandwich [=two cookies with ice cream between them]

Full Definition of sandwich

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between
b : 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
2 : something resembling a sandwich especially : composite structural material consisting of layers often of high-strength facings bonded to a low strength central core


sandwiched; sandwiching; sandwiches

Definition of sandwich (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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


geographical name
Sand·​wich | \ ˈsan(d)-(ˌ)wich How to pronounce Sandwich (audio) \

Definition of Sandwich (Entry 3 of 3)

town on the Stour River in Kent, southeastern England population 4600

Synonyms for sandwich

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are more than a dozen new menu items, including a fried fish sandwich, whole lobster and a surf -and-turf burger with waffle fries. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 The new Lucky Fish will tout a menu similar to Lucky Beach Pompano, with sandwich, smash burger and salad prices in the $8-to-$14 range, draft beer and wine in the $6-to-$10 range and cocktails between $8.50 and $13. Phillip Valys,, 15 Nov. 2021 Other popular menu items include the meatloaf sandwich, baked macaroni and cheese and the prime rib special. Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 Free classic roast beef sandwich for veterans and active-duty military at Arby’s largest franchisee, RB American (RBA), a subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2021 Free classic roast beef sandwich for veterans and active-duty military at Arby’s largest franchisee, RB American (RBA), a subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 The resulting sandwich, the THC Sando, was a cult phenomenon, and gave birth to Wazwan’s new identity: composed, creative street food. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2021 But, to me, the absolute best use of a chutney is in a sandwich, where it is used as a flavorful spread and brings all the ingredients together. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Select locations of the doughnut chain offer a breakfast sandwich made with Beyond Sausage, from Beyond Meat. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Morton opened by hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch and surrendered a single to Willy Adames only to sandwich a pair of strikeouts around a tremendous play at third by a charging Riley on a slow roller by Avisaíl García and emerge unscathed. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 His solution—to sandwich a thin sashimi slice between translucent wafers of Asian pear—is elegant and sculptural, evoking a fish swimming through an emerald-and-yellow pool of scallion oil and lemon juice. The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2021 Leaders who are able to sandwich vision casting with both a top-down and bottom-up approach will have a greater chance of building consensus. Robert Harbols, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The sweet versions can be served plain, topped with decorations, or used to sandwich a cream or jam filling. Lara Lee, Bon Appétit, 19 Apr. 2021 Roast a few marshmallows and sandwich them between chocolate and graham crackers for an ooey-gooey dessert. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 June 2020 Northeast Ohio summer can be sandwiched by lingering winters and cool springs before warm weather, followed by brisk, jacket-wearing autumn. Marc Bona, cleveland, 8 June 2020 She is sandwiched by two other salons, one that has a strong white base and the other that has a strong Asian base. al, 7 June 2020 If a filter is utilized, it should be sandwiched between the outer layers of the cloth masks for an optimal fit, said Mendez. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of sandwich


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sandwich


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

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“Sandwich.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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sand·​wich | \ ˈsand-ˌwich How to pronounce sandwich (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandwich

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: two or more slices of bread or a split roll with a filling (as meat or cheese) between them


sandwiched; sandwiching

Kids Definition of sandwich (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fit in between two or more things or people The children were sandwiched between their parents.

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