Definition of sandwich in English:



  • 1An item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.

    ‘a ham sandwich’
    • ‘It offers nice hotel rooms, with several decent restaurants serving meals ranging from sandwiches and burgers with fries to much more upscale.’
    • ‘This goes into own label ready meals, sandwiches and convenience foods.’
    • ‘From top to bottom, the first sandwich was black olive bread, spread with tapenade and filled with a slice of fresh goat cheese.’
    • ‘Operators such as U.S.-based Subway Restaurants are pulling in customers with fresh salads and sandwiches on focaccia bread.’
    • ‘The latter can be eaten as is, or can be made into mini shawarma sandwiches with the pita bread.’
    • ‘Come here for casual meals such as grilled sandwiches on homemade focaccia.’
    • ‘Next-door is the chilled out Meet Café, which does light snacks on Italian lines including focaccia and panini sandwiches.’
    • ‘On your way home from work, pick up a pizza, hamburgers, Chinese food, sandwiches, or some other take-out dinner.’
    • ‘The menu has appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, salads and 23 kinds of pizzas.’
    • ‘The company is now the market leader in a number of key growth segments in the British food industry, including sandwiches, quiche and pizza.’
    • ‘My eating companion opted for a lighter meal, a BLT sandwich, which arrived with side salad and chips.’
    • ‘The menu shows specialty and create-your-own pizzas, appetizers, hoagie sandwiches and salads.’
    • ‘There are vegetable spring rolls, sandwiches, burgers, dosas and milk shakes to make it a sumptuous eat for all.’
    • ‘Sunshine and a light breeze can make even a ham sandwich twice the meal it is indoors.’
    • ‘I think the only thing sexy about food is that, when it is very good, it can give you shivers, not only sophisticated food but a good sandwich, an omelette, a salad, if quality products are used.’
    • ‘Food comes in the form of light snacks, sandwiches and salads.’
    • ‘Tea from a can with brown soda bread sandwiches and rhubarb tart never tasted so good.’
    • ‘A variety of starters good for bar munching, salads and calzones, in addition to burgers, sandwiches and pasta round out the menu.’
    • ‘Light food such as sandwiches are available and can be ordered when you book your ticket or at the theatre.’
    • ‘When you've had enough of ham and mustard in sandwiches over Christmas, try serving them instead in a pasta sauce.’
    light meal, something to eat, supper, treat, refreshments, nibbles, canapés, titbit, titbits
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    1. 1.1British A sponge cake of two or more layers with jam or cream between.
      • ‘This sandwich is actually one of our favorite desserts.’
      • ‘Immediately he filled his many pockets with as much pastries, sandwiches, and small cakes as he possibly could and still be able to move around at the same time.’
    2. 1.2 Something that is constructed like or has the form of a sandwich.
      • ‘The structure is of reinforced concrete, and the exterior walls are mainly of prefabricated wood sandwich panels.’
      • ‘The exterior walls are of prefabricated wood sandwich panels except at the ground floor and on the gable walls, where the exterior shell is brick.’
      • ‘The portals span 20m and support aluminium sandwich panels which form the external skin.’
      • ‘Its windows are fake and the exterior walls are constructed with a sandwich of blast-proof Kevlar between two layers of concrete block.’
      • ‘This ADA accessible ramp is framed with curved joists supported by sandwich beams, with blocking set between joists.’
      • ‘The vessels are of catamaran design, the hulls being constructed from a fibre-reinforced plastic sandwich.’
      • ‘The two central layers in the silica sandwich deal with the significant pressure differences between the pressurised space station and the vacuum of space.’
  • 2British as modifier Relating to a sandwich course.

    ‘the degree includes a sandwich year’
    • ‘This could come in the form of project work, or in the case of something like a sandwich degree, a year out on an industry placement.’
    • ‘While studying for your degree in chemistry it is possible for you to spend up to one year away from the University, as a sandwich year.’


[with object]usually be sandwiched between
  • Insert or squeeze (someone or something) between two other people or things, typically in a restricted space or so as to be uncomfortable.

    ‘the girl was sandwiched between two burly men in the back of the car’
    • ‘Fold top piece of felt back over (as if closing a book) the bottom half, sandwiching the craft stick between the two dress cut-outs.’
    • ‘Check with the starter that your tee-off time is not sandwiched between two busloads of hackers from Iowa who've hired caddies to carry their clubs while they film everything that moves with their camcorders.’
    • ‘The method was similar, but now the copper ingot was sandwiched between two ingots of silver.’
    • ‘Dry or rehydrated lipid samples were sandwiched between two CaF 2 windows and fixed in a vacuum chamber with windows, situated in the infrared beam.’
    • ‘Not only that, but if you carry the shovel on the outside of your pack, you can sandwich any available straps between the handle and blade, add one strap or a bungee, and you have a shovel carrying system that's the cleanest we've seen.’
    • ‘The puzzling result appeared when electrons were sandwiched between very smooth gallium arsenide semiconductor crystals and put under a magnetic field perpendicular to the plane - the famous quantum Hall state.’
    • ‘The Forest is sandwiched between two major conurbations, Southampton and Bourne-mouth, and is also facing problems caused by a huge increase in tourism and traffic.’
    • ‘Thread ends were sandwiched between two layers of double-stick tape before fixation by sample grips.’
    • ‘While the apartment complex is sandwiched between two restaurants, there is no evidence of any noise pollution on entering Portmore.’
    • ‘Stuff it into a red bell pepper instead of sandwiching it between two slabs of Wonder bread.’
    • ‘To serve, sandwich some cheese between two aubergine slices and tuck into a roll (lightly smeared with chutney) with some watercress.’
    • ‘The demanding 210-yard fifth hole at Royal Troon is sandwiched between two long par-fives’
    • ‘She sandwiches the concert between summer festival appearances in the Isle of Man, Holmfirth, Sidmouth, Gainsborough and Norway.’
    • ‘Approximately 2.0 mg of PSII was sandwiched between two CaF 2 windows.’
    • ‘The journey narratives are sandwiched between two home narratives.’
    • ‘Of course, the rockist element is sandwiched between, if not crammed into, equal doses of vocodered neo-electro, orchestral manoeuvres and celestial harmonies, folksy strumming and awkward, Germanic vacuum beats.’
    • ‘The location is not central to the museum's traffic flow, and the space is sandwiched between the Asia Hall on one side and an exhibition devoted to the Ice Age on the other.’
    • ‘Vertical timber slats are sandwiched between two layers of glass forming a layered, translucent membrane, so at night, the pavilions will glow like lanterns above the town.’
    • ‘To account for the influence of cytoplasmic and extracellular water, a computational membrane with its embedded channel is sandwiched between two large water boxes, generally the bulk of the computational system.’
    • ‘Mountain Hardwear has sandwiched a windproof laminate between two moisture-moving polyester knits, creating a temperature and humidity gradient that forces moisture through the fabric.’
    stuff, shove, force, ram, thrust, wedge, press, push, stick, squeeze, compress, confine, cram, pack, insert
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  • the meat (or filling) in the sandwich

    • A person who is awkwardly caught between two opposing factions.

      ‘she was fed up of being the meat in the sandwich of everyone's feud’
      • ‘To the punters he had become the meat in the sandwich, taking the flack with dignity and putting up with all the hurdles that had suddenly confronted him.’
      • ‘The problem is that we become the meat in the sandwich or the stalking horse or whatever other metaphor you want to use in terms of where the real battle is, because our market is an open market.’
      • ‘We had to fight another company that Network had made the meat in the sandwich or the buffer, but that another story.’
      • ‘Cameron - the bloke who got caught as the meat in the sandwich of Perth radio's biggest mistake - can now arguably lay claim to the Breakfast King crown.’
      • ‘As the country's former monopoly supplier of telephone services and the meat in the sandwich of the country's biggest stock fiasco, Eircom will always struggle to get a break.’
      • ‘Egan shares HRI's view but points out that in the meantime the Turf Club ‘is the meat in the sandwich and it is affecting our ability to police the exchanges’.’
      • ‘They were unfortunate that they got caught as the meat in the sandwich in that.’
      • ‘‘Our training group is scared that we are becoming the meat in the sandwich of this whole affair,’ the recruit writes.’
      • ‘Of course, that is what happened when this Government got rid of bulk funding and landed boards of trustees in the situation where they were the meat in the sandwich.’
      • ‘‘Producers are just not willing to be the meat in the sandwich of retailers' cynical price wars,’ he said.’


Mid 18th century: 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.