pac·​i·​fi·​er | \ ˈpa-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce pacifier (audio) \

Definition of pacifier

1 : one that pacifies
2 : a usually nipple-shaped device for babies to suck or bite on

Examples of pacifier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mushie’s recall covers two pacifier designs, the Classic and the Daisy. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Jan. 2022 An image accompanying Bloom in the maternity ward animates the progression from sperm cell to pacifier, booties, baby, boy and man — a kind of temporal compression within a single frame that is hardly unique to graphic novels. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 After reports of a serious choking hazard, popular baby store Mushie & Co has issued a FRIGG pacifier recall. Macaela Mackenzie, SELF, 24 Jan. 2022 In one photo, Grace looks straight into the camera lens, wide-eyed with a pacifier in her mouth as Bindi smiles next to her. Tristan Balagtas,, 25 Oct. 2021 Paul said the baby was injured when the child fell forward with a pacifier and smacked into his collarbone. Meredith Colias-pete,, 1 Dec. 2021 Gucci pacifier—add up to a domestic portrait that’s both laugh-out-loud funny and painfully real. Emma Specter, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2021 The footage showed little Holly, looking too cute in a floral onesie, sucking on a pacifier while lying on a pillow. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 23 July 2021 Now 2, Journey keeps up with his big brother fairly easily, all the while sucking on or clutching his pacifier. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of pacifier

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jan 2022

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“Pacifier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pacifier

: a rubber object shaped like a nipple for babies to suck or bite on


pac·​i·​fi·​er | \ ˈpas-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce pacifier (audio) \

Medical Definition of pacifier

1 : a usually nipple-shaped device for babies to suck or bite on


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