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 Fred DeLuca, the billionaire founder of the Subway sandwich empire, died in 2015 after a storied failure to create Destiny. Kevin Spear,, 3 Dec. 2021 Burger King's iconic Whopper sandwich is celebrating a big birthday this weekend, but customers are the ones getting a gift. Dave Quinn,, 2 Dec. 2021 Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Meade shot and killed Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus on December 4, 2020, as Goodson was trying to enter his home with a Subway sandwich. Emma Tucker, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 There are 1,024 potential sandwich combinations, the chain said. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 Think county fair without the rides or a beachside sandwich shack without the sand and surf. Mary Colurso |, al, 29 Nov. 2021 The dipping sauce that comes with every sandwich is clearly beef based and loaded with a pantry of seasonings — the exact blend is top secret. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 This spicy turkey salad is great in a sandwich or wrap, on crackers, over white rice or a green salad or on its own. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021 While immersed in high-level calculations for nuclear power plants, Dr. Buck was also helping to build the sandwich business. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That would sandwich perhaps Nick Saban’s best team in 2020 between two of his more underwhelming results in 2019 and, under this scenario, 2021. Mike Rodak |, al, 3 Dec. 2021 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

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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 8 Dec. 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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