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.

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His mother, a nursery-school teacher, was raising them alone in East Harlem. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "Dancing a Memoir at Alvin Ailey," 15 July 2019 As an interior designer, Gick has done everything from design Ciara and Russell Wilson’s baby nursery to having her design work appear in Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became an interior designer: Jo Gick," 9 July 2019 Our next stop was the long nursery barn, where thousands of yellow ducklings swarmed under heat lamps. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New York Duck-Farm Tour Didn’t Sell Me on Foie Gras," 9 July 2019 Lake Worth is a relatively affordable city of 39,000 people and easily accessible to hotels, golf courses, farms and nurseries that hire immigrants. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Schools Scramble to Handle Thousands of New Migrant Families," 9 July 2019 The Sitio functioned as an art studio and laboratory, a garden, nursery and plant museum, and a compound for houseguests. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 The two lovebirds are expecting a baby boy in just 10 weeks—and as for the baby's nursery? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here's When Christina Anstead Told Ex Tarek El Moussa She Was Having Another Child," 2 July 2019 Kingwood Christian Child Development Center, which provides nursery and preschool services, will remain in operation. Leada Gore |,, "Alabama private school closing after 40 years," 3 June 2019 After a month in the nursery stage, the shrimp are transported to the farm. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Saltwater shrimp from a landlocked state? How this Kentucky farm is making it happen," 27 June 2019

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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

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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