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 Technically, a cemita is a sandwich, since bread and filling are involved. Washington Post, "Taqueria Xochi serves mouthwatering Mexican food from a tiny U Street storefront," 18 Dec. 2020 For Myth, who has 7 million followers on Twitch, that's a classic chicken sandwich, small fries and a Coke. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Can't find a PS5? Try Wendy's," 7 Dec. 2020 There’s even a couple of savory versions, like a sufganiya referencing sabich (a popular Israeli pita sandwich with eggplant, potato and pickles); and another one with lox and cream cheese. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Not just any jelly doughnut: Over-the-top sufganiyot take off in the Bay Area for Hanukkah," 2 Dec. 2020 Ahead of the holiday, organizers delivered to 20 nonprofits 5,000 gift bags, each with winter clothing accessories, hand sanitizers and masks, and 5,000 boxes that each included a turkey sandwich with condiments, potato salad, a cookie and utensils. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Covid Thanksgiving altered, a bit somber," 27 Nov. 2020 Service members enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program can get a free breakfast sandwich with any breakfast purchase from Wednesday through Dec. 31. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Veterans Day 2020 freebies: Where veterans, military can eat free, get a free haircut and find deals Wednesday," 11 Nov. 2020 Los Angeles Times Is this the world’s cheffiest fried chicken sandwich? Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: ‘This isn’t a blip’ — another L.A. coronavirus surge," 10 Nov. 2020 For Jeremiah Burns, peanut butter and jelly isn’t just a sandwich. Mike Sutter,, "5 great San Antonio-area sandwiches to eat right now," 5 Nov. 2020 On Election Day, voters get a free sandwich and can choose from a BBQ Meatloaf, Chicken Cheddar, Chicken Chipotle and Turkey Cheddar from 9 p.m. to close. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Election Day freebies, deals available around Indianapolis after you vote," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roast a few marshmallows and sandwich them between chocolate and graham crackers for an ooey-gooey dessert. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "24 Must-Do Activities to Put on Your Summer Bucket List," 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, "Is outdoor dining the future for restaurants in Northeast Ohio?," 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, "Here’s a list of black-owned businesses in Auburn to support," 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, "How to buy face masks with filters, according to medical experts," 3 June 2020 Usually, the conversion system is sandwiched between a high-performance solar panel and the antenna that is used to transmit the energy. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit," 14 May 2020 Toward the end of its run, the program was sandwiched between Perry Mason reruns and Bugs Bunny. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Gerard, former Indianapolis radio and TV host, has died. He was 93.," 7 May 2020 Like many Americans, she and her husband were already sandwiched between lingering student debt and trying to save for their own retirement. New York Times, "My Retirement Plan Is You," 2 May 2020 His passionate speeches were often sandwiched between residents complaining about slow traffic or Airbnb regulations. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 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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The first known use of sandwich was in 1762

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sandwich.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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