pastime

[pas-tahym, pahs-]
noun
something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport: to play cards as a pastime.

Origin:
1480–90; earlier pas(s)e tyme, translation of Middle French passe-temps


entertainment, hobby, diversion, avocation.
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pastime (ˈpɑːsˌtaɪm)
 
n
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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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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Example sentences
Outdoor hockey, ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular winter pastimes.
But for the elderly, these social pastimes may play a critical role in
  preserving their physical and mental health.
It started with mere bookmaking-illegal, of course-but soon involved other
  criminal pastimes.
There he picked up scuba diving, one of his many athletic pastimes.
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