[ sand-wich, san- ]
/ ˈsænd wɪtʃ, ˈsæn- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sandspit,
  2. sandstone,
  3. sandstorm,
  4. sandusky,
  5. sandwell,
  6. sandwich beam,
  7. sandwich board,
  8. sandwich cake,
  9. sandwich coin,
  10. sandwich compound

Origin of sandwich

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


[ sand-wich, san- ]
/ ˈsænd wɪtʃ, ˈsæn- /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for sandwich


/ (ˈsænwɪdʒ, -wɪtʃ) /


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

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Word Origin and History for sandwich
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