nursery

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noun nurs·ery \ ˈnərs-rē , ˈnər-sə- \

Definition of nursery

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

  1. She still needs to decorate the nursery before the baby comes.

  2. We get our flowers from a local nursery.

Recent Examples of nursery from the Web

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First Known Use of nursery

14th century



NURSERY Defined for English Language Learners

nursery

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Definition of nursery for English Language Learners

  • : the room where a baby sleeps

  • : the room in a hospital where new babies are kept and cared for by nurses

  • : a room where children sleep, play, and are sometimes taught


NURSERY Defined for Kids

nursery

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noun nurs·ery \ ˈnər-sə-rē , ˈnərs-rē \

Definition of nursery for Students

plural nurseries
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

Medical Dictionary

nursery

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noun nurs·ery \ ˈnərs-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of nursery

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


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