nurs·​ery | \ ˈnərs-rē How to pronounce nursery (audio) , ˈnər-sə-\
plural nurseries

Definition of nursery

1 obsolete : attentive care : fosterage
2a : a child's bedroom
b : a place where children are temporarily cared for in their parents' absence
3a : something that fosters, develops, or promotes
b : a place in which persons are trained or educated
4 : an area where plants are grown for transplanting, for use as stocks for budding and grafting, or for sale
5 : a place where young animals grow or are cared for

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Examples of nursery in a Sentence

She still needs to decorate the nursery before the baby comes. We get our flowers from a local nursery.

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In the meantime, farmers can buy the newest UCD varieties at nurseries starting this fall. Diane J Nelson, The Mercury News, "UC Davis releases 5 new ‘warrior’ strawberries to fight disease, increase yields," 11 July 2019 One of the best nectar sources to attract butterflies to your landscape is mistflower, available in bloom at area nurseries. Calvin Finch,, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 In 1965, when the hospital, now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, moved to Towson, she was assigned to the newborn nursery, and then later was asked to join its nursing school faculty as a clinical instructor. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Mary B. Maguire, registered nurse, dies," 17 June 2019 The final scene is another nursery, decked out in pink. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Michael Bublé video about kids growing up has parents in tears: 'I love you forever now'," 22 Aug. 2019 Garden centers and nurseries sell daylilies from spring to fall. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Daylilies," 9 Aug. 2019 Under pressure from labor inspectors concerned about lead risks, the Paris region administration suspended cleanup work at the cathedral last week, and ordered new checks of schools and nurseries in the neighborhood. Washington Post, "Notre Dame: Lead fears prompt new cleanup rules, equipment," 3 Aug. 2019 Many local nurseries will do the test, but call first. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s garden did great. This year, it did nothing. What went wrong?," 1 Aug. 2019 The nursery also specializes in landscaping plants for a fire-safe garden. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "6 Bay Area favorites for air plant shopping," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of nursery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nursery

US : the room where a baby sleeps
: the room in a hospital where new babies are kept and cared for by nurses
old-fashioned : a room where children sleep, play, and are sometimes taught


nurs·​ery | \ ˈnər-sə-rē How to pronounce nursery (audio) , ˈnərs-rē\
plural nurseries

Kids Definition of nursery

1 : the room where a baby sleeps
2 : a place where small children are temporarily cared for in their parent's absence
3 : a place where plants (as trees or shrubs) are grown and usually sold


nurs·​ery | \ ˈnərs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce nursery (audio) \
plural nurseries

Medical Definition of nursery

: the department of a hospital where newborn infants are cared for

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