[sand-wich, san-]


two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair.
something resembling or suggesting a sandwich, as something in horizontal layers: a plywood sandwich.

verb (used with object)

to put into a sandwich.
to insert between two other things: to sandwich an appointment between two board meetings.

Origin of sandwich

First recorded in 1755–65; named after the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718–92)


[sand-wich, san-]


a town in E Kent, in SE England: one of the Cinque Ports. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sandwich

hoagie, hero, sub, BLT, Reuben, Dagwood

Examples from the Web for sandwich

Contemporary Examples of sandwich

Historical Examples of sandwich

  • He turned and faced Percival, looking from him to his sandwich with vacant eyes.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He looked absently at the sandwich, and bit a generous semicircle into it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Then there is the sandwich, which always finds a place in the luncheon.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • "Not very much," was the answer, as Frank thought of the sandwich in the woods.

  • I think I'll take some of that red wine, whatever it is, and a sandwich.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for sandwich



two or more slices of bread, usually buttered, with a filling of meat, cheese, etc
anything that resembles a sandwich in arrangement

verb (tr)

to insert tightly between two other things
to put into a sandwich
to place between two dissimilar things

Word Origin for sandwich

C18: named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–92), who ate sandwiches rather than leave the gambling table for meals
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 sandwich

1762, said to be a reference to John Montagu (1718-1792), Fourth Earl Sandwich, who was said to be an inveterate gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal (this account dates to 1770). It was in his honor that Cook named the Hawaiian islands (1778) when Montagu was first lord of the Admiralty. The family name is from the place in Kent, Old English Sandwicæ, literally "sandy harbor (or trading center)." For pronunciation, see cabbage. Sandwich board, one carried before and one behind, is from 1864.


1841, from sandwich (n.), on the image of the stuff between the identical pieces of bread. Related: Sandwiched; sandwiching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper