Definition of sandwich noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsænwɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænwɪtʃ//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈsænwɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænwɪdʒ//
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  1. 1(also British English, informal sarnie) two slices of bread, often spread with butter, with a layer of meat, cheese, etc. between them a cheese sandwich a sandwich bar (= a place that sells sandwiches) see also club sandwich, open sandwich
  2. 2(British English) (in compounds) a sponge cake consisting of two layers with jam and/or cream between them a chocolate sponge sandwich a sandwich tin (= for baking such a cake in)
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–92), an English nobleman said to have eaten food in this form so as not to leave the gaming table.Extra examples He made two rounds of tuna sandwiches. What would you like in your sandwich? a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sandwich