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.
Recent Examples on the Web Those exposed may have interacted with an employee who had TB and worked in the nursery. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 June 2021 In the nursery, Ms. Kramer was hoping for child-friendly décor that’s palatable to design-conscious grown-ups. Lauren Joseph, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Included in this count are those now in the nursery. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 Julia rose from her chair in the nursery and went to the crib. Ew Staff,, 11 May 2021 Sure, plants a bit crowded in the nursery or cut back recently can eventually recover and grow just fine. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 2 Apr. 2021 Alicia was working with a clutch of kids in the nursery. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 For trips to a garden center or nursery, OSU Extension has an app of fire-resistant plants for Android and Apple devices. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 Mast recommends measuring your space and mapping out potential layouts before heading to the local garden center or nursery. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of nursery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Nursery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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