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 Camille Meyer-Arendt’s outlet is kickball, as in the playground game most people give up after elementary school. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Lately customers at Tacocraft, the first — and so far, only — restaurant to open inside the $350 million food-shopping playground, have been up in arms over Plantation Walk’s newest upcharge. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 There will be activities for families and children during the fair, such as a petting zoo, games, an air bouncy and playground access at Goat Hill. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Kids are capable of a lot of astounding casual cruelty, as anyone who spent more than a minute and a half on a playground growing up knows. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Two men were fatally shot in Humboldt Park near a playground Monday afternoon, according to Chicago police. Paige Fry, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Plus, playground scuffles often resolve themselves on their own. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 10 May 2022 Musk may not turn Twitter into the playground for right-wing trolls that many are anticipating, but the perception that Twitter is suddenly welcoming could be severely damaging to TRUTH—and, by extension, to Trump, at least financially. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 For Summer for the City (May 14-Aug. 14), Lincoln Center transforms into an outdoor playground devoted to performance, relaxation, and audience participation. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of playground

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Playground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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play·​ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio) \

Kids Definition of playground

: an area used for games and playing


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