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

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 An image of a stellar nursery in the Carina Nebula about 7,600 light-years away shows massive young stars enrobed in swirling gas and dust. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 21 July 2022 This kid is going to have the sickest nursery in Hollywood. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 13 July 2022 Northwest Outdoor Living and Landscapes, with an office in Damascus and a nursery in Aurora, built the new landscaping. oregonlive, 6 July 2022 Chopra and Jonas haven't talked themselves about being new parents in detail yet, but Chopra did share the first look at Malti's nursery in late February, complete with its stuffed animal decor. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 Once the cones containing the seeds fall from the trees, they are collected for reseeding by the Placerville Nursery, the only federal nursery in California. Kayna Whitworth, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 In the late 1800s, a German immigrant named William Pfeffer owned a grapevine nursery in Saratoga. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2022 Options range from a tiny nursery in Northeast Los Angeles that specializes in California native plants to a wholesale business devoted entirely to succulents in Reseda. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The edges of the nebula are crisp, many more glittering stars appear, and the gas and dust of this stellar nursery appears to have distinct mountains and valleys. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nursery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Aug 2022

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“Nursery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for nursery


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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