[pas-tahym, pahs-]
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. Unabridged
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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 & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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