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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This actually happens often in children who first encounter a herpes simplex or varicella zoster virus somewhere like the playground. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019 Osborne crashed the truck into a playground fence and fired several shots at a group of students outside for recess. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "SC teen pleads guilty to murder in death of father, boy," 12 Dec. 2018 In one image, children play at a Mexican playground beside a barrier in Tijuana near the Pacific Ocean while a U.S. border agent watches from his SUV on the American side just a couple of hundred feet away. Andrew Welsh-huggins, Fox News, "Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences," 19 Sep. 2018 Photo: David Clifford for The Wall Street Journal Colorado conjures images of snowcapped playgrounds in Aspen and Vail for the rich and famous, but there are two versions of luxury real estate in the Centennial state. WSJ, "Over 250,000 Votes Later, Hawaii Villa Emerges as the House of the Year," 24 Jan. 2019 That accessibility has long made Park City a favorite winter playground. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Joseph Sakran was standing on a playground when the bullet pierced his throat. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 With a playground that big, Ralph Breaks the Internet could take any number of directions. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 Iroquois Park This park is home to a disc golf course, miles of walking paths and a wheelchair-accessible playground. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 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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