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[san-dl] /ˈsæn dl/
a shoe consisting of a sole of leather or other material fastened to the foot by thongs or straps.
any of various low shoes or slippers.
a light, low, rubber overshoe covering only the front part of a woman's high-heeled shoe.
a band or strap that fastens a low shoe or slipper on the foot by passing over the instep or around the ankle.
verb (used with object), sandaled, sandaling or (especially British) sandalled, sandalling.
to furnish with sandals.
Origin of sandal1
1350-1400; < French sandale; replacing Middle English sandalie < Latin sandalium < Greek sandálion, equivalent to sándal(on) sandal + -ion diminutive suffix
Related forms
unsandaled, adjective
unsandalled, adjective


[san-dl] /ˈsæn dl/
1350-1400; Middle English sandell < Medieval Latin sandalum < Late Greek sántalon, dissimilated variant of sándanonSanskrit candana Unabridged
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  • Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Then he saw that her sandal was tied in the way he had already wondered at.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • A shoe or sandal, a woman's cup, a wine or oil-skin, or a flesh-pot might be tied.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • The sandal consists in making a perfumed embrocation from sandal wood.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • The sandal and other ceremonies are similar to those described already.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • I wish you to tread me under foot as a sandal; I wish my caresses to be your tunic and your wreath.

    Thais Anatole France
  • His legs were bare, and on the foot which was visible he wore a sandal.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • We see mangas and tilmas, and men wearing the sandal, as in Eastern lands.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I there joined the sandal wood trader, which has been so fearfully destroyed.

    Mary Liddiard W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for sandal


a light shoe consisting of a sole held on the foot by thongs, straps, etc
a strap passing over the instep or around the ankle to keep a low shoe on the foot
Derived Forms
sandalled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion a small sandal, from sandalon sandal
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Word Origin and History for sandal

type of shoe, late 14c., from Old French sandale, from Latin sandalium "a slipper, sandal," from Greek sandalion, diminutive of sandalon "sandal," of unknown origin, perhaps from Persian. Related: Sandals.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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