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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Two summers ago, the actress brought her children to Namibia to open a plant nursery and replace dying trees in the local desert in association with the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, Her Majesty's worldwide forest conservation initiative. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Brought All Six of Her Kids to a Film Screening in NYC," 26 Feb. 2019 But the den where the family tree previously was placed (see above) was converted into a nursery when their new son was born in June. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Why Joanna Gaines Was 'Nervous the Kids Might Be Sad' During the Holidays This Year," 15 Dec. 2018 During one interior design consultation, for instance, Abueva was tasked with measuring a nursery for twin boys. Tate Gunnerson,, "After her sons' deaths, Chicago artist put her grief and joy on canvas," 30 May 2018 Buy crowns from a reputable nursery that sells fresh, firm, disease-free roots. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 The olive and jacaranda trees look as if they were trucked in from a nursery the week before. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 One particularly intriguing detail shared involved the couple's future nursery. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Nursery Will Have a Very Specific Color Scheme," 18 Jan. 2019 Prince George and Princess Charlotte have now officially finished school and nursery for the Christmas break, according to reports. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christmas Break Has Officially Started for Prince George and Princess Charlotte," 15 Dec. 2018 The nursery, for example, is said to have eco-friendly paint. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle May Be Taking an Alternative Approach to Childbirth," 5 Feb. 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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