petting zoo


: a collection of farm animals or gentle exotic animals for children to pet and feed

Examples of petting zoo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All are now family for the Based on a True Story star, who bought the property about six years ago and built everything from the ground up, including a petting zoo and contemporary chandeliers for the vast barn. Julie Jordan, Peoplemag, 5 May 2024 There will be vendor booths, some featuring grilling equipment and accessories along with spices and sauces, live music, a petting zoo, yard games, and pony and wagon rides. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2024 Children’s activities feature games, hands-on arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 7 Apr. 2024 Egg hunt: Free event at 5 p.m. March 20 with egg hunting, a petting zoo, jumpers, crafts and face painting. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 There are more than 200 animals and numerous attractions at this small zoo near Lake Norman, including a petting zoo and summer camps. Samantha Sabin -, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Single tickets are $5 to the petting zoo and $8 for pony rides. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2023 After, guests can visit a gingerbread house to enjoy fresh homemade cookies, partake in a carriage ride, and visit the petting zoo. Talia Avakian, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 Even with rainy weekends and a jump in admission prices, families have been coming out to visit the petting zoo, ride on giant slides and zigzag through a hay-bale maze. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petting zoo was in 1965

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“Petting zoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

petting zoo

: a collection of farm animals or gentle exotic animals for children to pet and feed
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