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[sand-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l]
  1. a small castlelike structure made of wet sand, as by children at a beach.
  2. a plan or idea with little substance.
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Origin of sandcastle

First recorded in 1850–55; sand + castle
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sand-castle

Historical Examples

  • But it's my idea that Miss Allonby has too much insight to build herself such a sand-castle.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

  • The sand-castle on which Pollyooly and Kathleen had worked so hard stood directly in the line of it.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson

  • After a while the children tired of rounders and betook themselves to building a sand-castle.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson

Word Origin and History for sand-castle


1838, from sand (n.) + castle (n.).

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