nurs·​ery | \ ˈnərs-rē, 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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Photo: Bettmann Archive Sarah Dohack-Young, 61, who owns a farm and plant nursery in Missouri’s Ozark foothills, started following both almanacs after watching her grandmother use them to plant crops by phases of the moon. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Will It Be Cold This Winter? It Depends Which Farmers’ Almanac You Read," 27 Dec. 2018 When offered the chance to buy 30,000 trees from a nursery that was closing, Ms. Zandi and Mr. Raders raised $100,000 through Kickstarter and secured additional funding. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society," 17 May 2018 Pratt recommends getting a master gardener calendar, available from local nurseries or directly from local University of California Cooperative Extension master gardener offices. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Here's why new gardeners should get 'training wheels' and skip the beefsteaks | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018 When Prince William started nursery in London in 1985, there were reportedly hundreds of journalists and photographers there. Olivia Blair, Cosmopolitan, "6 ways Prince George and Princess Charlotte are modern royals," 10 Jan. 2018 There’s so much more to preparing your home for a new baby than picking a color palette and painting the nursery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 Astronomy images span a phenomenal range scale, from things that would fit neatly on Earth (like comets or features on local bodies) to the mind-bogglingly large (like stellar nurseries or entire galaxies). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some good came out of 2018: Astronomy photos," 11 Nov. 2018 In economic terms for nursery growers, the tree was manna from heaven. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The show keeps staggering toward a romantic clinch, then realizing that loving Elfo would be like returning to the nursery. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018

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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

: 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


nurs·​ery | \ ˈnər-sə-rē, 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 \
plural nurseries

Medical Definition of nursery

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

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