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pastime

[pas-tahym, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport:
to play cards as a pastime.
Origin of pastime
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps
Synonyms
entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation.
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pastime

/ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantly: golf is my favourite pastime
Word Origin
C15: from pass + time, on the model of French passe-temps
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n.

late 15c., passe tyme "recreation, diversion, amusement, sport," from pass (v.) + time (n.). Formed on model of Middle French passe-temps (15c.), from passe, imperative of passer "to pass" + temps "time."

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