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

Instead of stitching the hipbelt to the back panel, Kelty feeds it behind the lumbar pad and allows it a few millimeters of movement, as if each wing of the hipbelt were a playground teeter-totter. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Brown and a group of neighborhood kids turned a playground into a mini gymnasium, showing off their gymnastics skills. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows cop doing cartwheel and backflip in full uniform," 2 July 2018 Every day at Longfellow, there are 700 kids on that playground. Steve Schering,, "Parents focused on playground space, costs as Oak Park District 97 eyes Lincoln, Longfellow expansion plans," 11 July 2018 Pripeton said one July morning as his son scampered around with other children on the playground. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Parents fear proposed regulations could jeopardize co-op preschools in Virginia," 10 July 2018 The event was held on the playground at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Burbank. Joyce Rudolph,, "On the Town: Charity puts a little Americana into its fundraising," 10 July 2018 And Williams started giving back by helping Barnett with his fledgling organization — helping out on the playground in the summer months, helping to get the group situated in its first building, coaching basketball, and, of course mentoring. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 1980, a 19-year-old helped a Milwaukee kid make better choices. Today, they're still changing lives.," 9 July 2018 The company working on the playground was Turf Etc., the district’s spokesperson, Kaci Brutto, said. Tony Rizzo, Joe Robertson, Robert A. Cronkleton And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Victim of Overland Park shooting at school has died; suspect tried to escape custody," 3 July 2018 So, with help from Kentucky Speedway and sponsors Shell, Coca-Cola and PNC Bank, construction on a playground incorporating elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be completed later this summer. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Joey Logano dedicates Louisville park to an 'amazing' person," 20 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 \

Kids Definition of playground

: an area used for games and playing

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