nursery rhyme


: a short rhyme for children that often tells a story

Examples of nursery rhyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Bowie's daughter has shared a sweet throwback video featuring the late rock legend dancing with her to a nursery rhyme. Jessica Wang,, 7 June 2023 As their three kids looked to digital counterparts to practice sight words, learn nursery rhymes and grasp other fundamentals, the Houston-area couple was disheartened to see how few videos featured Black children. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 Through the same style of three-minute songs and nursery rhymes that made CoComelon a worldwide phenomenon, children will now experience stories of family, social-emotional learning, positivity, and healthy habits through the lens of a bilingual multigenerational Mexican-American family. Tanay Howard, Parents, 28 Sep. 2023 Grandma sings the kiddos a cautionary nursery rhyme and recites the rules. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Phonological awareness Sing nursery rhymes to your child at every opportunity. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Chandamama is a term of endearment toward the Moon in Hindi and other regional languages and is also used in nursery rhymes. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 31 Aug. 2023 The theatrical release will feature popular nursery rhymes and songs from the CoComelon library. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 July 2023 Studies often use the same principle, having a mother repeat a nursery rhyme. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nursery rhyme was in 1807

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“Nursery rhyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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nursery rhyme

: a short rhyme for children that often tells a story

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