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 Sounds of laughter came from kids on the large playground. Joanne Silberner, Anchorage Daily News, "Misgivings rise over U.S.-Canada neutral zone where border-crossing parties rendezvous and risk coronavirus transmission," 6 Apr. 2021 If all goes as planned, City Manager Susanna Niermann O’Neil said the playground could be completed by Memorial Day or the beginning of June. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights police to host virtual town halls on departmental policy reforms, updates," 6 Apr. 2021 This is still almost exclusively a white man’s playground, which makes the confluence of events at this moment in the state in which it is located all the more fascinating. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Pressure lands on Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley as Georgia's voting law scrutinized," 5 Apr. 2021 Sounds of laughter came from kids on the large playground. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "COVID-19 fears cast shadow over border park where Canada, Washington state meet," 2 Apr. 2021 The playground recently received a $3.1 million makeover after 28 years of neglect, and the facilities now match the scenery. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "The Best Playgrounds in New York," 29 Mar. 2021 The singer was married to Wonder when TONTO was inspiring his creativity, and Wright, her husband and TONTO used the album as an experimental playground. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "Malcolm Cecil, synthesizer pioneer and Stevie Wonder collaborator, dies at 84," 29 Mar. 2021 Replacing the playground will be a playscape area – which includes both equipment and natural elements integrated into an area. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "Fairfield plans to implement first phase of Harbin Park master plan this year," 27 Mar. 2021 Back then, Gulmarg was both a glittering winter playground and a window to another, wider world. New York Times, "Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Playground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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