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

Our main rule for playdates is that everybody has to play together. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom's Life: Soledad O'Brien," 7 June 2011 Think about having friends over for dinner AND inviting them out back for a quick game, or hosting this week's after school playdate and officially being the coolest parent EVER. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "You Could Have An Ice Rink In Your Backyard In Just 1 Hour," 15 Jan. 2019 The Obamas had to rethink playdates: When their girls are invited to a friend's house, how thoroughly does their staff need to check out the host parents? Jodi Kantor, Redbook, "Why You Don't Want to Be First Mom," 21 Dec. 2011 Maud’s mother, Sophie, told Hello! the two have had a playdate together. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Who Is Maud Windsor? What to Know About Princess Eugenie’s Adorable Bridesmaid," 12 Oct. 2018 Now, when’s his first playdate with the Obamas’ dogs, Sunny and Bo? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joe Biden Adopts German Shepherd From Delaware Humane Association," 18 Nov. 2018 When the toddlers of New England get together for playdates with friends, build some Legos, and sip some organic juice boxes, the conversation is always the same. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Another Red Sox Title? Think of Boston’s Children," 21 Oct. 2018 So here's hoping a playdate is in these girls' future. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson and Savannah Guthrie's Daughters Are BFFs and 'Cannot be Separated'," 12 Oct. 2018 Maybe there will be some doggy playdates in the future, too: Prince William and Kate Middleton also adopted a cocker spaniel named Lupo shortly after their own royal wedding in 2011. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Reportedly Welcomed a New Addition to Their Family," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of playdate

1975, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playdate

chiefly US : a time that parents arrange for their young children to play together

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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