1 [san-dl]
a shoe consisting of a sole of leather or other material fastened to the foot by thongs or straps.
any of various low shoes or slippers.
a light, low, rubber overshoe covering only the front part of a woman's high-heeled shoe.
a band or strap that fastens a low shoe or slipper on the foot by passing over the instep or around the ankle.
verb (used with object), sandaled, sandaling or (especially British) sandalled, sandalling.
to furnish with sandals.

1350–1400; < French sandale; replacing Middle English sandalie < Latin sandalium < Greek sandálion, equivalent to sándal(on) sandal + -ion diminutive suffix

unsandaled, adjective
unsandalled, adjective Unabridged


2 [san-dl]

1350–1400; Middle English sandell < Medieval Latin sandalum < Late Greek sántalon, dissimilated variant of sándanonSanskrit candana Unabridged
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sandal (ˈsændəl)
1.  a light shoe consisting of a sole held on the foot by thongs, straps, etc
2.  a strap passing over the instep or around the ankle to keep a low shoe on the foot
[C14: from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion a small sandal, from sandalon sandal]

sandalwood or sandal (ˈsændəlˌwʊd)
1.  any of several evergreen hemiparasitic trees of the genus Santalum, esp S. album (white sandalwood), of S Asia and Australia, having hard light-coloured heartwood: family Santalaceae
2.  the wood of any of these trees, which is used for carving, is burned as incense, and yields an aromatic oil used in perfumery
3.  any of various similar trees or their wood, esp Pterocarpus santalinus (red sandalwood), a leguminous tree of SE Asia having dark red wood used as a dye
[C14 sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek sandanon, from Sanskrit candana sandalwood]
sandal or sandal
[C14 sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek sandanon, from Sanskrit candana sandalwood]

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Word Origin & History

1382, from O.Fr. sandale, from L. sandalium, from Gk. sandalion, dim. of sandalon "sandal," probably from Persian.
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type of footwear consisting of a sole secured to the foot by straps over the instep, toes, or ankle. The oldest known example of a sandal, dating from around 2000 BC, is made of woven papyrus and comes from Egypt. In ancient Egypt, only important personages wore sandals, which were made of leather or wood as well as papyrus. The ancient Greeks generally went barefoot indoors but out-of-doors wore sandals that had leather, matting, or felt soles with thongs that were tied in a variety of ways. Gilded sandals sometimes were worn by those of high rank, and women's sandals sometimes had ornamental pieces on the instep. Except for slaves, who were forbidden to wear them, the Romans generally wore sandals indoors. A variety of decoration and design was developed in Rome, where large guilds of shoemakers were established; patricians' sandals, for example, were red with a moon-shaped ornament on the back.

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Example sentences
As elephants became harder to find, he diversified into another endangered species: ancient sandal trees.
She has a roller coaster of a nose, unraveled hair, and sandal straps that look as if they're devouring her legs.
On driving days: no open-toed or sandal type shoes should be worn.
If you prefer a traditional approach, consider a flat-bottom sandal with a bit of sparkle.
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