pacifier

noun

pac·​i·​fi·​er ˈpa-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce pacifier (audio)
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 That means Gru is left to deal with lasers, guards and a vicious honey badger with only diaper rash cream, baby bottles and a pacifier to protect him. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Eventually, Wally stopped doing it, but not before dozens of pacifiers were turned to piles of plastic waste. The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2024 There’s no catch, and the boxes (some valued up to $100) may include wipes, diapers, bottles, lotion, baby wash, pacifiers, breastfeeding pads and coupons. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 Never tie a pacifier to your baby’s body or their sleep surface, and inspect your pacifiers regularly to make sure there’s no breakage. Sarah Bradley, Parents, 1 Mar. 2024 Guests were to accessorize with either a baby bonnet or a pacifier. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 Stella is available in various skin tones and comes with a magnetic pacifier that little ones can use for make-believe play. Christine Luff, Parents, 27 Feb. 2024 Stash your work essentials in them for your commute, safeguard your medicines and fragile finds during flights, or even pack up bottles, pacifiers, and more for a trendy diaper bag. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 After Wally kept swiping baby son Liam’s pacifiers and destroying them a few years ago, Brent wrote a children’s book titled The Binky Bandit — complete with an environmentally conscious message — which was eventually printed and distributed by a Milwaukee publisher in 2022. The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pacifier was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Pacifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pacifier. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pacifier

noun
pac·​i·​fi·​er ˈpas-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce pacifier (audio)
1
: one that pacifies
2
: a usually nipple-shaped device for babies to suck or bite on

Medical Definition

pacifier

noun
pac·​i·​fi·​er ˈpas-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce pacifier (audio)
1
: a usually nipple-shaped device for babies to suck or bite on
2
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