nursery rhyme


Definition of nursery rhyme

: a short rhyme for children that often tells a story

Examples of nursery rhyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Break out in an Andrew Dice Clay nursery rhyme when talking about the keys to victory? David Moore, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy stole a page from Gallagher’s playbook to help Cowboys hammer down Vikings," 23 Nov. 2020 Riley introduces elements of nursery rhyme, formal Edwardian verse, and melodramatic apostrophizing into her series. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Grieve," 3 Nov. 2020 Based on an old nursery rhyme, Fitzgerald co-composed the song that went on to become a standard and put Fitzgerald on her way to being crowned the Queen of Jazz. Wade Tatangelo, USA TODAY, "25 songs by Black women that rocked the music world, from the 1920s to 2020," 28 Sep. 2020 For older people who came to the rally, the fragility of London’s bridges is more than just grist for a nursery rhyme. Mark Landler, New York Times, "London’s Bridges Really Are Falling Down," 7 Sep. 2020 Storybook Land featured nursery rhyme-themed displays, such as Jack and Jill’s fateful hill, a giant shoe for The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, a sleepy Little Boy Blue and live animals such as black sheep. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "What happened to D-FW’s theme parks? Curious Texas straps in to investigate," 19 Aug. 2020 Telling stories out loud was a matter of survival—and the way Jones wields this tradition transforms even a nursery rhyme into something dirty, dangerous, and important. Calvin Baker, The Atlantic, "A Literary Movement Unto Herself," 2 Aug. 2020 A few weeks ago, Debbie Cameron saw her grandsons most days, playing the piano, making after-school snacks or singing nursery rhymes with the baby in her Chandler, Arizona, home. Lindsay Whitehurst, USA TODAY, "In a crisis 'you want to be with people you love, and we can't.' Grandparenting goes digital.," 31 Mar. 2020 There are shades of improvisational jazz, of Delta blues, of rap-battle taunts and nursery rhymes, but the album’s genre is hard to place. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Homemade Insight of “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nursery rhyme

1816, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nursery rhyme

: a short poem or song for children

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Kids Definition of nursery rhyme

: a short rhyme for children that often tells a story

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