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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sandaled
Historical Examples
  • It was a stately, irregular building of red brick, sandaled and veiled in ivy.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • The stealthy tap-tapping of feet, sandaled feet, from every direction.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • "Let the thought of the white dove in my arms cons—" Allan's sandaled foot shot out into the man's stomach.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • His sandaled feet and ankles, bandaged as if for journeying, appeared beneath the covering.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • The path beyond showed the impress of sandaled feet only—and Raoul, they agreed, did not wear sandals.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • Koyala crushed a fern underfoot with a vicious dab of her sandaled toes.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Next, a gray-frocked Belgian friar, sandaled and shaven of crown, set down on parchment the northern trend of the same river.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • We cross streets on stepping-stones which sandaled feet ages ago polished.

  • Then, shuffling their sandaled feet, the six went out through a door at the side.

    Daughter of the Sun

    Jackson Gregory
  • He hurried forward and flung himself on the floor at the Emperor's sandaled feet.

British Dictionary definitions for sandaled


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 sandaled



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.

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