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.

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The kids, who had been on the playground when the shooting started, were still wearing their jackets because the staff had rushed them back in so quickly. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 In Baghdad, people wanted access to parks, people wanted access to playgrounds. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "When War Veterans Return to Iraq—This Time to Go Skiing," 29 Nov. 2018 One World Running will send them to Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program in Beaverton, Oregon, which will grind up the old sneaks and transform them into running tracks and playgrounds. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 Jumping on the brand wagon The Aliens versus Predator brand is a childhood fever dream brought to life—who hasn't had playground arguments over who'd win in a fight between some of the biggest and baddest bad guys of them all? Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How an 11th-hour decision made Aliens versus Predator a classic," 20 Nov. 2018 Christie, 65, continues to have fond memories of her many visits to the original opulent adult playground in her father's native Chicago. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hugh Hefner's daughter Christie opens up about keeping Playboy founder's legacy alive," 27 Sep. 2018 Alexandra Lange writes the Critical Eye column for Curbed, covering design in many forms: new parks and Instagram playgrounds, teen urbanists and architectural icons, postmodernism and the post-retail era. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 The blaze marked the second time this summer a suspicious fire has destroyed playground equipment at an Anchorage school. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Playground fire at Mountain View school draws arson investigation," 12 July 2018 According to the city, Safe 4 Play has donated $27,500 for the project that will replace the park’s aging playground equipment. Kari Barnett,, "Playground equipment to be repurposed at Boynton Beach park," 10 July 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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