[pas-tahym, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌtaɪm, ˈpɑs-/
something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport:
"to play cards as a pastime."
1480–90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps
entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation.
Example Sentences for pastime
None of these considerations would matter much if college rankings were a harmless pastime.
The national pastime was no longer a game for the purists.
Many lament the control of indigenous species to protect this pastime.
The trade has become highly technical, meaning only devoted professionals can earn a living from once was the pastime of priests.
That's a myth, say physicists studying the national pastime.
Arguing over who's the better player is as much a pastime as baseball itself.
Non-native species introduction is a national pastime.
His main pastime seems to be playing penny slots in the wee hours of the morning.
Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few.
The next time you travel, engage the locals in their national pastime.
British Dictionary definitions for pastime
pastime (ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm)
an activity or entertainment which makes time pass pleasantly: golf is my favourite pastime
[C15: from pass + time, on the model of French passe-temps]

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Word Origin and History for pastime
1489, passe tyme "recreation, diversion, amusement, sport," formed on model of M.Fr. passe-temps (15c.), from passe, imper. of passer "to pass" + temps "time."
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