from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Two or more slices of bread with a filling such as meat or cheese placed between them.
  • noun A partly split long or round roll containing a filling.
  • noun One slice of bread covered with a filling.
  • noun Something resembling a sandwich.
  • transitive verb To insert (one thing) tightly between two other things often of differing character or quality.
  • transitive verb To collide with or crash into (a person, for example) with impacts on opposing sides.
  • transitive verb To make room or time for.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make into a sandwich or something of like arrangement; insert between two other things: as, to sandwich a slice of ham between two slices of bread; to sandwich a picture between two pieces of pasteboard.
  • noun Two thin slices of bread, plain or buttered, with some savory article of food, as sliced or potted meat, fish, or fowl, placed between: as, a ham sandwich; a cheese sandwich.
  • noun Hence Anything resembling or suggesting a sandwich; something placed between two other like things, as a man carrying two advertising-boards, one before and one behind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Two pieces of bread and butter with a thin slice of meat, cheese, or the like, between them.
  • transitive verb To make into a sandwich; also, figuratively, to insert between portions of something dissimilar; to form of alternate parts or things, or alternating layers of a different nature; to interlard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A snack formed of various ingredients between two slices of bread
  • noun An open sandwich
  • noun Any combination formed by layering material of one type between two layers of material of another type
  • verb To place one item between two other, usually flat, items
  • verb figuratively To put or set something between two others, in time.
  • adjective US Of a meal or serving size that is smaller than a dinner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  • verb insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects
  • verb make into a sandwich


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, (1718–1792), British politician.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Named after its supposed inventor, the Earl of Sandwich (see Sandwich).



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  • Just imagine what we'd be eating if the Duke of Wellington had invented meat between two slices of bread and not the Earl of Sandwich!

    Ever been on a sandwich course? Cookery for beginners.

    December 8, 2007

  • I'm not entirely happy about the common etymology of Sandwich. Doesn't add up for me.

    December 8, 2007

  • I like beef Wellington!

    December 8, 2007

  • I think the mispronunciation of sandwich as samwidge has become so common that I have noticed people laughing at me when I pronounce it half-correctly (sandwidge). Then again, as Greenwich is usually pronounced with the ending "-dge", is "sandwidge" such a bad pronunciation? Is is critical that it is pronounced as it is spelled?

    August 27, 2008

  • I say "sandwidge", but I'm very taken with the "samwidge" pronunciatin; it makes me smile in a way that lickle never will.

    August 27, 2008

  • Agreed! Samwidge is somehow warming. Lickle will never be samwidge.

    I note that nobody is listing lickle, maybe because it is rubbish!

    August 28, 2008

  • Sammich.

    August 29, 2008

  • "sammich" Also, see comment under english.

    May 14, 2010