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

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

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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 Delivery orders for health care workers have begun coming in, ranging in ambition from bags of sandwiches paid for by small pledges on GoFundMe pages to multicourse meals subsidized by the philanthropic arms of major companies. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals," 30 Mar. 2020 Earlier this week, the club sent a truckload of sandwiches to the respiratory unit, where they were taken out of the back of the vehicle and brought into the hospital without any direct contact. Fox News, "New Jersey golfers collect supplies to donate to local hospital amid coronavirus outbreak," 29 Mar. 2020 On Tuesday, a row of Jimmy John's sandwiches were lined up for employees to grab. Julia Fair,, "Coronavirus in Kentucky: Small Covington lab begins testing novel coronavirus samples," 25 Mar. 2020 Sprocket Cafe The cafe, 3385 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is open for carryout and delivery of the full menu of sandwiches, pastries and coffee drinks from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delivery is through GrubHub and Eat Street. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's which Milwaukee restaurants and bars are open for takeout and delivery amid coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 The new breakfast menu consists of nine sandwiches, including a morning version of its famed Baconator. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Wendy's breakfast menu launches today, so it's giving away free sandwiches," 2 Mar. 2020 For lunch, there's a variety of sandwiches and wraps. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Blu Moon Cafe in Carmel to close after a decade in business," 18 Feb. 2020 Craft barbecue thrives in Katy and beyond; listen to BBQ State of Mind Podcast The new Feges will serve lunch and dinner six days a week with a menu similar to the current Feges but with the addition of sandwiches, a burger, salads and wings. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Feges BBQ plots second location in Spring Branch," 17 Feb. 2020 To round out your meal, grab a couple of the sandwiches. Soleil Ho,, "The beer hall Fort Point Valencia: A very San Francisco brand of bar food," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Julie Della-Maria, executive director of the Downtown Sykesville Connection, Shop Small Passport Week served as a way to extend Small Business Saturday, which is sandwiched between the major retail days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Akira Kyles,, "'Passport’ program aims to support small businesses throughout Carroll County in holiday shopping season," 28 Nov. 2019 But to stick with the Australian theme, choose a slice of Lamingtons ($4), a traditional Down Under dessert in which fresh raspberry jam is sandwiched between two halves of moist yellow cake and covered in chocolate and coconut shavings. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Chook brings fine-dining finesse to a fast-casual chicken shop," 16 Oct. 2019 The state has signed a $27 million contract with a Parkville company to demolish dozens of structures at the jail site, which is sandwiched between East Madison and East Eager streets. Pamela Wood,, "State to push forward with $27 million demolition of Baltimore jail — while saving some historic buildings," 2 Oct. 2019 The troubles are particularly concerning for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart, whose team escaped with a win against Louisiana-Monroe that was sandwiched between a season-opening loss to Boise State and last weekend’s loss at No. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Penalty trouble puts FSU, Miami, Syracuse in early ACC hole," 18 Sep. 2019 The company temporarily refurbished the vacant storefront, which is sandwiched between ABC the Tavern and Ohio Savings Bank. Marc Bona,, "Browns Bud Light Victory Fridge sale kicks off," 3 Sep. 2019 The challenge for Baldo and his colleagues was finding a material that could be sandwiched between the two materials to allow the energy packets to flow from the tetracene to the silicon. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits," 11 July 2019 Only 28,000 people live in the Ridgecrest area, which is sandwiched between more populated areas of Southern California and Las Vegas’ Clark County. John Antczak, Time, "California Governor: Earthquakes Are a 'Wake-Up Call'," 7 July 2019 Only 28,000 people live in the Ridgecrest area, which is sandwiched between more populated areas of Southern California and Las Vegas’ Clark County. John Antczak, Washington Post, "Months of aftershocks could follow big California earthquake," 6 July 2019

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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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The first known use of sandwich was in 1762

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3 Apr 2020

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“Sandwich.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandwich

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them
: two or more cookies, crackers, or slices of cake with something between them



English Language Learners Definition of sandwich (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat informal : to put (someone or something) in the space between two other things or people


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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