play·​ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio) \

Definition of playground

1 : a piece of land used for and usually equipped with facilities for recreation especially by children
2 : an area known or suited for activity of a specified sort a vacation playground

Examples of playground in a Sentence

The island was a playground of the rich and famous until the 1950s. These mountains are a playground for hikers, skiers, and nature lovers.
Recent Examples on the Web Although the park’s turtle ponds will be taken out, several of the park’s mainstays will remain, such as the gazebo, the basketball courts and the playground. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Vintage League City park to close for makeover," 4 Feb. 2020 But if the Pistons are going to play the kids, why not add another kid to the playground? Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why Derrick Rose will likely remain with Detroit Pistons past NBA trade deadline," 2 Feb. 2020 People pay $1 to vote and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise more funds for the playground. NBC News, "Dog and goat compete for honorary mayor of Vermont town," 28 Jan. 2020 Barney is still in the playground of the big themes that have always taken pride of place in his work: birth, death, rebirth, creativity and landscape. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Matthew Barney takes to nature to ask his big questions in ‘Redoubt’," 23 Jan. 2020 In 2017, the court ruled for a Missouri church that had been excluded from state grants to put softer surfaces in playgrounds. Time, "Supreme Court to Hear Case Which Could Make It Easier to Use State Money for Religious Schools," 18 Jan. 2020 The Houston Police Department was then called after a Park Ranger found the 16-month-old near a playground. Eric Todisco,, "Baby Found Safe After Being Left in Car That Was Stolen as Parents Gambled," 15 Jan. 2020 Natalie was wearing a shirt that bore a likeness of the Catlin Gabel boat, a vessel that now sits grounded on the school’s playground. oregonlive, "Catlin Gabel’s dirty secret: Former schoolgirls go public for first time about private school’s dark side," 11 Jan. 2020 Taunting is a part of today’s basketball culture, from the NBA right down to the playgrounds. Bruce Jenkins,, "Will the Warriors get shut out of the NBA All-Star Game?," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of playground

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playground was in 1768

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12 Feb 2020

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“Playground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of playground

: an outdoor area where children can play that usually includes special equipment (such as swings and slides)
: a place where people go to do enjoyable things


play·​ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio) \

Kids Definition of playground

: an area used for games and playing

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