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[san-dl] /ˈsæn 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
Related forms
unsandaled, adjective
unsandalled, adjective


[san-dl] /ˈsæn dl/
1350-1400; Middle English sandell < Medieval Latin sandalum < Late Greek sántalon, dissimilated variant of sándanonSanskrit candana Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sandals
  • He wore an olive-colored robe, dark pillbox turban and sandals.
  • Sneakers and sandals are ideal attire for airplanes as your toes have plenty of room to move.
  • Include one pair of socks and underwear for each day and comfortable walking shoes or sandals.
  • Avoid tennis shoes and sandals unless you are in a beach area.
  • Stash sandals are comfortable enough to wear on the beach, but their real utility is as a mobile safe.
  • Open-toed sandals, displaying brightly manicured toes, seem ubiquitous.
  • His father is a shoemaker who walks around in a torn pair of sandals.
  • Their diet generally consists of whatever plants are growing nearby but might be supplemented by an unguarded pair of sandals.
  • The sandals have balloons fastened to the vamp of the sandals.
  • The sandals have three round plastic flowers on the top surface.
British Dictionary definitions for sandals


a light shoe consisting of a sole held on the foot by thongs, straps, etc
a strap passing over the instep or around the ankle to keep a low shoe on the foot
Derived Forms
sandalled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin sandalium, from Greek sandalion a small sandal, from sandalon sandal
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Word Origin and History for sandals



type of shoe, late 14c., from Old French sandale, from Latin sandalium "a slipper, sandal," from Greek sandalion, diminutive of sandalon "sandal," of unknown origin, perhaps from Persian. Related: Sandals.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sandals in the Bible

Mentioned only in Mark 6:9 and Acts 12:8. The sandal was simply a sole, made of wood or palm-bark, fastened to the foot by leathern straps. Sandals were also made of seal-skin (Ezek. 16:10; lit. tahash, "leather;" A.V., "badger's skin;" R.V., "sealskin," or marg., "porpoise-skin"). (See SHOE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for sandals


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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