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

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Also being accepted: Diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers and other infant-support items. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Autumn Wine Affair, Taste in Little Italy, Shaker Wines’ Amarone, more," 17 Sep. 2019 The caregiver placed him on his side in an adult bed with a pacifier. Lois K. Solomon,, "Illegal day care was tending to baby boy who died, state says," 11 Sep. 2019 More mundane items are also included—pipes, rags, pacifiers, and so on. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "These China-made goods will soon cost more thanks to Trump’s tariffs," 31 Aug. 2019 There is the innocuous-sounding ciuccio, which literally means a baby’s pacifier. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "An Insider’s Guide to Italian Insults," 16 Aug. 2019 Smartphones and tablets are their digital pacifiers, companions and entertainers. Parul Agrawal, Quartz India, "In India, toddlers are starting to write computer codes before they can talk," 11 July 2019 Jenner shared a snap to her Instagram Stories on Sunday showing her 1-year-old daughter sleeping peacefully with a blanket and pacifier. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner salutes 'moms with sick babies' after taking Stormi to the hospital," 5 Mar. 2019 Rest assured, Nancy Garza has no plans to swap out Nicole's pacifier for a prosthetic finger. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area mom uses prosthetic finger to coax baby to sleep," 18 July 2019 Sitting around with a pacifier sucking my thumb in pajamas with a bunch of strangers who want to hug me? Leah Greenblatt,, "John Waters on his new book, Brad Pitt, and why he hates MDMA," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of pacifier

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pacifier was in 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of pacifier

US : 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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