[ sand-lot ]
/ ˈsændˌlɒt /


a vacant lot used by youngsters for games or sports.


Also sand-lot. of, relating to, or played in such a lot: sandlot baseball.

Origin of sandlot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; sand + lot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sand-lot

  • America listened to the blatant demagogues, the "sand-lot orators," and excluded the Chinese.

  • That was the way they looked in Tompkins Square twenty years ago when the square was a sand-lot given up to rioting and disorder.

  • Under the excitement of sand-lot meetings, the Chinese were driven under cover.

    Our Foreigners|Samuel P. Orth
  • To think of a Giant player being caught by a sand-lot trick!

British Dictionary definitions for sand-lot


/ (ˈsændˌlɒt) /

noun US

an area of vacant ground used by children for playing baseball and other games
(modifier) denoting a game or sport played on a sandlotsandlot baseball
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sand-lot



also sandlot, "plot of empty land in a town or suburb," 1878, from sand (n.) + lot. In reference to the kind of sports or games played on them by amateurs, it is recorded from 1890, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper