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Definitions for sandwich
ˈsænd wɪtʃ, ˈsæn-sand·wich

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sandwichverb

    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them

  2. sandwichverb

    make into a sandwich

  3. sandwichverb

    insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects

    "She was sandwiched in her airplane seat between two fat men"


  1. sandwichnoun

    A snack formed of various ingredients between two slices of bread

    cheese sandwich

  2. sandwichnoun

    An open sandwich

  3. sandwichnoun

    Any combination formed by layering material of one type between two layers of material of another type

  4. sandwichverb

    To place one item between two other, usually flat, items

  5. sandwichverb

    To put or set something between two others, in time.

  6. sandwichadjective

    Of a meal or serving size that is smaller than a dinner.

  7. Sandwichnoun

    a town in Kent, south-east England, one of the historic Cinque Ports

  8. Sandwichnoun

    an English habitational surname originating from this town

  9. Sandwichnoun

    one of several younger towns named after the town in Kent or after a person bearing the surname:

  10. Etymology: Named after its supposed inventor, the Earl of Sandwich (see Sandwich).


  1. Sandwich

    A sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein bread serves as a container or wrapper for another food type. The sandwich began as a portable, convenient finger food in the Western world, though over time it has become prevalent worldwide. In the 21st century there has been considerable debate over the precise definition of sandwich; and specifically whether a hot dog or open sandwich can be categorized as such. In the United States, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are the responsible agencies. The USDA uses the definition, "at least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50% bread" for closed sandwiches, and "at least 50% cooked meat" for open sandwiches. In Britain, the British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as "any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold", a definition which includes wraps and bagels, but excludes dishes assembled and served hot, such as burgers.Sandwiches are a popular type of lunch food, taken to work, school, or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. The bread may be plain or be coated with condiments, such as mayonnaise or mustard, to enhance its flavour and texture. As well as being homemade, sandwiches are also widely sold in various retail outlets and can be served hot or cold. There are both savoury sandwiches, such as deli meat sandwiches, and sweet sandwiches, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The sandwich is named after its supposed inventor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Wall Street Journal has described it as Britain's "biggest contribution to gastronomy".


  1. sandwich

    A sandwich is a food item typically consisting of two or more pieces of bread with one or more fillings between them, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables. It might also refer to any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a wrapper or container for another food type. Sandwiches are often eaten as a convenient and portable light meal or snack.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sandwichnoun

    two pieces of bread and butter with a thin slice of meat, cheese, or the like, between them

  2. Sandwichverb

    to make into a sandwich; also, figuratively, to insert between portions of something dissimilar; to form of alternate parts or things, or alternating layers of a different nature; to interlard

  3. Etymology: [Named from the Earl of Sandwich.]


  1. Sandwich

    A sandwich is a food item consisting of two or more slices of bread with one or more fillings between them. Sandwiches are a widely popular type of lunch food, typically taken to work, school, or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. The bread can be used as it is, or it can be coated with any condiments to enhance flavour and texture. They are also widely sold in restaurants and cafes, served hot or cold. Thought to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the eponymous inventor of the sandwich.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sandwich

    sand′wich, n. two slices of bread with ham, &c., between, said to be named from the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), who had such brought to him at the gaming-table that he might play on without stopping.—v.t. to lay or place between two layers, to fit tight between two objects.—n. Sand′wich-man, a man who perambulates the streets between two advertising boards.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sandwich

    one of the old Cinque Ports (q. v.) in Kent, on the Stour, and once on the sea, but now, by the receding of the sea, 2 m. distant; 12 m. E. of Canterbury; an interesting place of many historical associations; has a splendid golf course, which attracts summer visitors.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An unsuccessful attempt to make both ends meat.

Editors Contribution

  1. sandwich

    A type of food.

    A nice sandwich is a real joy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sandwich

    The sand village.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sandwich' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3548

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sandwich' in Nouns Frequency: #1972

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sandwich in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sandwich in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sandwich in a Sentence

  1. Robert Earl:

    I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Guy — first with the launch of his sandwich and burger menu at Planet Hollywood. Since then, we have kept in touch, determined to work on more projects together, we have found the perfect venture with Chicken Guy!, certain to be a crowd-pleaser. I have personally tasted all the menu items and can’t wait to open at Disney Springs and across the country, because I know our guests will love what Guy has put on the menu.

  2. Nenna Joiner:

    When people get into an airport, and the plane is delayed, you gotthree or four hoursto kill, you’re going to need something. Not just a power cord – not just a sandwich. You’re going to need a vibrator, a condom, lubricant.

  3. Houston Police Lt. Larry Crowson:

    When the manager told them they were out, one of the males became upset and pulled a pistol and demanded a chicken sandwich, the manager again informed them they were out of sandwiches.

  4. Samira Sallam:

    He used to come every morning to the café and order the cheapest breakfast we offer, which is just a falafel sandwich, about a week or so ago, Sudanese security men came in civilian clothes and arrested him from inside the café. The day of his arrest he did not pay for the meal he had.

  5. California Johnson:

    The lunch lady that was standing at the computer took the took their food off their trays with her bare hands and put it in a bowl, they later threw it away, and then the students had to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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