play·​date | \ ˈplā-ˌdāt How to pronounce playdate (audio) \

Definition of playdate

: a play session for small children arranged in advance by their parents

Examples of playdate in a Sentence

She has a playdate with a friend from kindergarten.
Recent Examples on the Web Don’t start with the school dance with hundreds of people in a room, but rather with a playdate or birthday party with two or three good friends. Katia Hetter, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Kids can enjoy a playdate with rotation recreation like face painting, storytelling, magic shows, arts and crafts and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2022 Apparently, a playdate does not involve running passing routes. John Kenney, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Golding's wife Liv Lo Golding was also present for the playdate. Charmaine Patterson,, 28 Jan. 2022 If Omicron really is less dangerous than its predecessors, inviting it over for a playdate doesn’t feel so reckless. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Keep a playdate while a stomach bug is going around? Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 4 Aug. 2021 Let There Be Carnage, whose predecessor earned $269 million in China (toward an $854 million finish) gets a Chinese playdate. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Cadboro Bay, part of the Saanich District, is home to both Regina's oceanfront mansion, in the Ten Mile Point neighborhood and the Cadboro-Gyro Park where Alex and Maddy have a playdate with Nate and his son. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of playdate

1975, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

24 Apr 2022

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“Playdate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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