nursery

noun
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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An eco-friendly nursery, smart home gadgets, and art from the Queen’s collection. Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Went on Quite the Cultured Date Night," 4 Mar. 2019 Other portraits over the years have captured the children welcoming their new siblings home or slipping on their backpacks for their first day at nursery or school. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "All the Portraits of the Royal Children Over the Years," 24 Apr. 2019 Stick with bagged or bulk product purchased from home improvement stores or nurseries. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How Much Mulch Do I Need? Here's the Easiest Way to Find Out," 6 Feb. 2019 This is a city that rattles and rings with a faint echo of the nursery and the playground, of simple, happy times. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 To the south, Hurricane Michael did substantial damage to Florida’s cotton, peanut and fruit crops, nurseries and livestock. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike," 30 Oct. 2018 Kelp forests are vital to coastal life, serving as underwater hiding places, food stores and nurseries. Washington Post, "Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range," 18 May 2018 Stormi's nursery is also butterfly-themed, according to Jenner's interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Twinned as Pink Butterflies for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Little nursery called Adachi, mom-and-pop shop, been there for 60 years, closed down last summer. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Making things is now a global movement. But is the U.S. making enough?," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nursery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nursery

noun

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

nursery

noun
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

nursery

noun
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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