play·​pen | \ˈplā-ˌpen \

Definition of playpen 

: a portable usually collapsible enclosure in which a baby or young child may play

called also play yard

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Mime’s forest hut boasts an oversize playpen and high chair, and a wall decorated with a child’s drawings, including a large dragon; everything is brightly colored. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 The tech giant’s AirPods got a reprieve, too, as did fitness trackers from Fitbit Inc. Parents Trump’s administration excluded big-ticket children’s items including car seats, high chairs and playpens from the final list. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 Serrano spared the victim’s baby, a then-six-month-old who was left near her mother’s body in a playpen alone for eight hours after the killing. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Facebook search cracks cold case murder that sends illegal immigrant to prison," 7 Sep. 2018 In the early years, the couple worked 16 to 18 hours a day and kept daughter Mary Ann in a playpen in the kitchen. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Adele A. Barakat, 95, businesswoman and philanthropist," 3 May 2018 While FC Cincinnati is paying for its playpen (thank you), this stadium issue has been no more pleasant. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: How will you feel when FC Cincinnati stadium saga ends?," 17 Apr. 2018 Siena comes to resemble a playpen in which many of the toddlers have hairy legs and five o’clock shadows. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Rhythm Fields was found dead in her playpen, next to the living room couch. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Mother charged with murder in death of her 15-month-old daughter," 3 Apr. 2018 Firefighters rescued the boy from a playpen near where the flames broke out., "New England news in brief," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of playpen

1902, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playpen

: a structure with high sides that provides an enclosed area in which a baby or young child can play


play·​pen | \ˈplā-ˌpen \

Kids Definition of playpen

: a small enclosure in which a baby is placed to play

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