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[sand-wich, san-] /ˈsænd wɪtʃ, ˈsæn-/
two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair.
something resembling or suggesting a sandwich, as something in horizontal layers:
a plywood sandwich.
verb (used with object)
to put into a sandwich.
to insert between two other things:
to sandwich an appointment between two board meetings.
Origin of sandwich
1755-65; named after the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92)


[sand-wich, san-] /ˈsænd wɪtʃ, ˈsæn-/
a town in E Kent, in SE England: one of the Cinque Ports. Unabridged
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  • Hired a team in sandwich and another in Bayport and got to the tavern about eleven.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He looked absently at the sandwich, and bit a generous semicircle into it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • “The wind was awful,” said Helen, between bites at a sandwich.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Then there is the sandwich, which always finds a place in the luncheon.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • The distribution of terrestrial molluscs on the sandwich Islands presents a great body of facts of this kind.

British Dictionary definitions for sandwich


/ˈsænwɪdʒ; -wɪtʃ/
two or more slices of bread, usually buttered, with a filling of meat, cheese, etc
anything that resembles a sandwich in arrangement
verb (transitive)
to insert tightly between two other things
to put into a sandwich
to place between two dissimilar things
Word Origin
C18: named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–92), who ate sandwiches rather than leave the gambling table for meals
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Word Origin and History for sandwich

1762, said to be a reference to John Montagu (1718-1792), Fourth Earl Sandwich, who was said to be an inveterate gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal (this account dates to 1770). It was in his honor that Cook named the Hawaiian islands (1778) when Montagu was first lord of the Admiralty. The family name is from the place in Kent, Old English Sandwicæ, literally "sandy harbor (or trading center)." For pronunciation, see cabbage. Sandwich board, one carried before and one behind, is from 1864.


1841, from sandwich (n.), on the image of the stuff between the identical pieces of bread. Related: Sandwiched; sandwiching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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