Three types of sandals.



  • A type of open shoe made up of straps or bands holding a sole to the foot
  • sandalwood
  • A long narrow boat used on the Barbary coast.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English sandal, from Old French sandale, from Latin sandalium, from Ancient Greek σανδάλιον, diminutive of σάνδαλον, of unknown origin.
  • From Middle English sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Byzantine Greek σάνδανον, σάνταλον, from Arabic صَنْدَل, from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit चन्दन.
  • Arabic صَنْدَل, the same word as the shoe sandal, just applied for boats of the shape of this shoe.

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