sand·​cas·​tle ˈsan(d)-ˌka-səl How to pronounce sandcastle (audio)
variants or sand castle
: a small model of a castle or other structure that is made with sand on a beach
Ruth lay beside Piet unhappily, not quite ready to bask and beautify herself like a teenager, yet too old for sandcastles. John Updike
"What you want is a change of air. We will pop down together hand in hand this week-end to some seaside resort. You shall build sand castles, while I lie on the beach and read the paper." P. G. Wodehouse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The creation beats out the previous biggest sandcastle in Germany by more than 10 feet, according to Guinness World Records. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022 The top of the sandcastle is a replica of the virus in the form of a crown. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022 Eventually, the force of basic math will crush the sandcastle built on faith, belief, and the charisma of American industry’s leading visionary. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 As a nod to the event’s name, the design centers on a giant sandcastle with various Imperial Beach references, along with a cityscape resembling downtown San Diego’s skyline. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 The sandcastle has tentative measurements of 20 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet long. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 If there was no clue, the racer had to rebuild the sandcastle – which was surprisingly difficult to do. Michael Schneider, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 The beach was covered with hundreds of sandcastles, but only 11 had clues just below the sandcastle. Michael Schneider, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 Kids jumping in the waves, a boy making a sandcastle. Meg Kissinger,, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandcastle was in 1854

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“Sandcastle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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