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.

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The fire truck rumbled through the narrow streets of Beacon Hill, clamoring to a stop in front of a small playground on Myrtle Street. Dugan Arnett,, "A small turtle sculpture sparks big controversy on Beacon Hill," 13 June 2019 In addition to funding the remodeling of the school’s playground, proceeds from the fair will help support teacher enrichment programs, and pay for new classroom furniture and supplies, Bilton said. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "74th annual Winnetka Children's Fair kicks-off the start of summer," 4 June 2019 Woodbridge police posted photos of the charred playground on Facebook and asked those with any information to contact Det. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Police hunt for arsonist who torched New Jersey playground for kids with special needs," 3 Aug. 2018 An optimistic 13-year-old, Todd is philosophical about the state of the playground up until now. Samantha Melamed,, "Can a new basketball court save a struggling Philly neighborhood?," 27 June 2018 The Screamer was approaching warp speed south of the boat basin when a Scooter Brat flashed out of the playground. Joyce Wadler, New York Times, "E.T. Doesn’t Like the Bike Path Either," 18 June 2018 For the past 60 years, Baltimore has been a progressive’s playground. WSJ, "An Example of Baltimore’s Progressive Decline," 4 Apr. 2019 Just before the murder, Mullis brought a friend’s 8-year-old daughter to a school playground with the intention of molesting her. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Baby killer waives appeal to expedite his execution: 'I'm ready to accept my punishment'," 2 Aug. 2018 The playground is free to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 36 free things to do with your kids around Indy in July," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of playground

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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