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  1. a shoe consisting of a sole of leather or other material fastened to the foot by thongs or straps.
  2. any of various low shoes or slippers.
  3. a light, low, rubber overshoe covering only the front part of a woman's high-heeled shoe.
  4. a band or strap that fastens a low shoe or slipper on the foot by passing over the instep or around the ankle.
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verb (used with object), san·daled, san·dal·ing or (especially British) san·dalled, san·dal·ling.
  1. to furnish with sandals.
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Origin of sandal1

1350–1400; < French sandale; replacing Middle English sandalie < Latin sandalium < Greek sandálion, equivalent to sándal(on) sandal + -ion diminutive suffix
Related formsun·san·daled, adjectiveun·san·dalled, adjective


  1. sandalwood.
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Origin of sandal2

1350–1400; Middle English sandell < Medieval Latin sandalum < Late Greek sántalon, dissimilated variant of sándanonSanskrit candana
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Related Words

slipper, shoe, moccasin, clog, thong, talaria, espadrille, huarache, zori

Examples from the Web for sandal

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Historical Examples

  • Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.


    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 sandal and other ceremonies are similar to those described already.

British Dictionary definitions for sandal


  1. a light shoe consisting of a sole held on the foot by thongs, straps, etc
  2. a strap passing over the instep or around the ankle to keep a low shoe on the foot
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Derived Formssandalled, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion a small sandal, from sandalon sandal
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 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.

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