play·​ground ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio)
: a piece of land used for and usually equipped with facilities for recreation especially by children
: 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 Find it on Amazon Adventure Awaits with a Backyard Climbing Dome The climbing dome is a dream playground for kids and a relief for parents. Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 That’s a long way from today’s modern playgrounds, with their smooth, plastic edges and forgiving surfaces. John Kelly, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 With warm year-round temperatures and a terrain that begs to be explored, the landscape surrounding the city is a veritable outdoor playground. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 18 Nov. 2023 The person of interest lives near the playground and detectives were actively looking for her as of Tuesday evening, the sources said. Brian Hartman, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2023 None of those children were known to have witnessed the event, though hate crime posters were seen on lamp posts and trees surrounding the playground in the following days. Gillian Telling, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 This is an affordable gift and fun for kids to play with alone or with a crew in the yard, beach, playground, or anywhere else. Maya Polton, Parents, 7 Nov. 2023 After lying fallow for over a millennium following the fall of Rome, Capri was reborn as a destination for bohemian expats in the 19th century and as a playground for La Dolce Vita–era starlets in the 1950s and ’60s. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2023 Along the Rappahannock River, McDuff Green Memorial Park in Stafford County and Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg have trails, athletic fields and a playground. Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of playground was in 1768

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Cite this Entry

“Playground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


play·​ground ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio)
: a piece of land used for games and recreation especially by children
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