[sand-wich, san-]
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.

1755–65; named after the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718–92) Unabridged


[sand-wich, san-]
a town in E Kent, in SE England: one of the Cinque Ports. Unabridged
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sandwich (ˈsænwɪdʒ, -wɪtʃ)
1.  two or more slices of bread, usually buttered, with a filling of meat, cheese, etc
2.  anything that resembles a sandwich in arrangement
3.  to insert tightly between two other things
4.  to put into a sandwich
5.  to place between two dissimilar things
[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 & History

1762, said to be an allusion to John Montagu (1718-92), 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 verb is from 1861. Sandwich board is from 1864. The family name is from the place in Kent, O.E. Sandwicæ, lit. "sandy harbor (or trading center)." For pronunciation, see cabbage.
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town (parish) at the northern edge of Dover district, administrative and historic county of Kent, England. It lies along the River Stour, 2 miles (3 km) from the sea. Originally the tidewater came far enough up the Stour estuary to make Sandwich a port. By the 9th century the town had replaced the decayed Roman port of Richborough, and in the 11th century it became one of the Cinque Ports. It flourished during the European Middle Ages and was chartered as a borough in 1226. English kings continually used it for their expeditions to France, and its herring fishing and general trade prospered. Progressive silting of the channel entrance led to its decay by the 17th century; and an influx of French and Flemish Protestant refugees only temporarily revived its prosperity. In modern times it has remained small, retaining many old buildings along the narrow, winding streets within the line of the old walls, now marked by a public walk. Two of its medieval churches, St. Clement's and St. Peter's, are conspicuous buildings, as is St. Mary's, rebuilt in 1667. Its golf course is well known. Pop. (2001) 4,753.

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