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 New plants should receive more water for the first two years, since most of the root mass is still in the nursery soil. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: No easy answer to common question of “how much water does my garden need”," 5 July 2020 Many selections can be purchased as transplants from your favorite nursery or even from internet sources. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: More herbs that work in San Antonio gardens and when to plant them: lemongrass, chives, tarragon and thyme," 2 July 2020 Handovers are more streamlined, and staff and parents remain socially distanced, said Daniel Seemungal-Owen, the director of the U.K.-based nursery group. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Your Child Will Be Ready Soon: Day Cares and Other Businesses Use Restaurant-Style Tech to Fight Long Lines," 1 July 2020 Heidi's Village's specialty is its neonate kitten nursery, a welcome resource for rescues and shelters that often are overwhelmed during Arizona's kitten season, which runs from spring through fall. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "New animal shelter opens in Phoenix. Here's how rescue dogs, cats could benefit from it," 27 June 2020 The Eero mesh models blend in on bookshelves among trinkets and photos or on surfaces in a nursery or office. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier," 25 June 2020 Jimmy Williams, 79, and his son Logan, 34, are owners of Logan’s Gardens nursery in Silver Lake. Los Angeles Times, "They build gardens for the rich and famous. And they still get stopped by the police.," 5 June 2020 The mayor’s roll-out of universal nursery schooling has been copied all over the country. The Economist, "How’s he doin’? New Yorkers turn their backs on Bill de Blasio," 20 June 2020 On June 22, all nursery schools, primary schools and junior high schools will be open and mandatory for all students — instead of classes capped to small groups and many children staying at home. NBC News, "France to accelerate easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions," 14 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nursery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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