play·ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd \

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

Beginning July 10, Safe 4 Play, LLC, a local contractor specializing in designing, building and maintaining recreational products, will start to relocate the playground about 2 miles south to its new home: Forest Hills Park, 2500 SW Eighth St. Kari Barnett,, "Playground equipment to be repurposed at Boynton Beach park," 10 July 2018 Citizens of America’s growing cities tried new sports such as baseball and football, and exercise advocates built the first public playgrounds and pushed for physical education for both boys and girls. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Each play date is scheduled to last one hour and involves a craft, recreational games, and time to explore the playground, organizers say. Gina Grillo,, "Lincolnwood parks department hosting summer pop-up play events for families," 2 July 2018 Plus, of course, there are all the old favorites — like the mold-a-rama souvenirs, the train and the playground. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taking a staycation for the 4th of July? Here are some things to do in Milwaukee with your kids.," 2 July 2018 This Columbus indoor playground is for ages 12 and under has infant/toddler areas, a slide, tunnels and a two-story Luckey Climber. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 36 free things to do with your kids around Indy in July," 26 June 2018 Since the playground opened in 2016, two children have stepped on nails and some have gotten splinters, but there have been no broken bones, said Reilly Bergin Wilson, board chair of play:groundNYC, the nonprofit that runs The Yard. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "How much risk is good for kids? Parents make the case for more adventurous childhoods," 26 June 2018 On weekends, Glass & Vine is popular with families who can brunch and watch their kids on the adjacent playground. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "The odds are stacked against success stories like these," 10 June 2018 There is plenty of parking and the shaded playground is available. Nancy Daly,, "Green Township warns about energy scammers," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'playground.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of playground

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about playground

Share playground

Statistics for playground

Last Updated

10 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for playground

The first known use of playground was in 1768

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for playground



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 \

Kids Definition of playground

: an area used for games and playing

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on playground

What made you want to look up playground? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!