diaper

noun
di·a·per | \ˈdī-pər also ˈdī-ə- \

Definition of diaper 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fabric with a distinctive pattern:

a : a rich silk fabric

b : a soft usually white linen or cotton fabric used for tablecloths or towels

2 : an allover pattern consisting of one or more small repeated units of design (such as geometric figures) connecting with one another or growing out of one another with continuously flowing or straight lines

3 : a basic garment for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist also : a similar garment especially for incontinent adults

diaper

verb
diapered; diapering\-p(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ornament with diaper designs

2 : to put on or change the diaper of (an infant)

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diaper 2

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Critics have also seized on the nation's immigration court system that requires children — some still in diapers — to have appearances before judges and go through deportation proceedings while separated from their parents. Astrid Galvan, Houston Chronicle, "Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family," 9 July 2018 Critics have also seized on the nation's immigration court system that requires children — some still in diapers — to have appearances before judges and go through deportation proceedings while separated from their parents. Anchorage Daily News, "Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family," 8 July 2018 Their lives match those of most families with young children: an exhausting jumble of work, cooking, diaper-changes, endless piles of laundry and the wrangling of babysitters. New York Times, "A Family in Transition," 16 June 2018 Now how's that for a beauty solution that can field paparazzi cameras—and impromptu diaper changes—effortlessly on the go? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Just Stole This New Mom Hair Trick From the Alexander Wang Runway," 5 June 2018 Body suits are easy access for diaper changes, while wheelchair-friendly jackets have side-openings and zip-on sleeves for easier dressing. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 2018 While shopping, make sure the dresser is at a comfortable height for diaper changes. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Nursery Decor Essentials," 22 Jan. 2018 Simply talking to other adults—in full sentences—and seeing other moms struggle with the unexpected diaper change puts all the 'perfect' social media postings in perspective. Christine Coppa, Woman's Day, "Moms Who Post a Lot on Facebook Are More Likely to Be Depressed," 2 June 2016 Moms were asked to hold their baby (in a diaper) beneath their clothes, skin-to-skin, snuggled between their breasts. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why It’s So Important That Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Did Skin-to-Skin Contact With His New Daughter," 25 Apr. 2018

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Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Other topics will include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety, interviewing skills and many more topics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diaper

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diaper

Noun

Middle English diapre, from Anglo-French diaspre, from Medieval Latin diasprum

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diaper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of cloth or other material that is placed between a baby's legs and fastened around the waist to hold body waste

diaper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a diaper on (someone)

diaper

noun
di·a·per | \ˈdī-pər, ˈdī-ə-pər\

Kids Definition of diaper

: a piece of absorbent material for a baby worn pulled up between the legs and fastened around the waist

diaper

noun
di·a·per | \ˈdī(-ə)-pər \

Medical Definition of diaper 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a basic garment especially for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist

diapered; diapering\-p(ə-)riŋ \

Medical Definition of diaper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put on or change the diaper of (an infant)

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