nursery

noun

nurs·​ery ˈnər-s(ə-)rē How to pronounce nursery (audio)
plural nurseries
1
obsolete : attentive care : fosterage
2
a
: a child's bedroom
b
: a place where children are temporarily cared for in their parents' absence
3
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The quartet appears in a series of portraits in a yard and a nursery, soaking up the newborn cuddles and making that chaotic twin-parent life look like a breeze. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 In September, eucalyptus seedlings started to disappear from a plant nursery in New South Wales, ABC reported. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 5 June 2024 The municipality is preparing a nursery for indigenous crops and plants to share across the West Bank and is teaching organic farming. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2024 Local nurseries and botanical gardens can be great resources for in-depth knowledge of the area and recent warming or cooling trends. NPR, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for nursery 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nursery was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nursery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nursery. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

nursery

noun
nurs·​ery ˈnərs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce nursery (audio)
plural nurseries
1
a
: a child's bedroom
b
: a place where children are temporarily cared for in their parents' absence
2
: a place where plants (as trees or shrubs) are grown for transplanting, for use as stocks in grafting, or for sale

Medical Definition

nursery

noun
nurs·​ery ˈnərs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce nursery (audio)
plural nurseries
: the department of a hospital where newborn infants are cared for

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