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

Children play on the new all-inclusive playground in Maple Park in south Glendale. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Shane’s Inspiration playground, designed for children of all cognitive, physical abilities, opens in Glendale," 20 Aug. 2019 There were close-ups of prospects sitting with their families, waiting nervously—that classic playground stress. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 Price remembered going to Valley Vista playground in Cuyahoga Falls to play in pick-up games with Craig Ehlo, John Bagley and kids who just happened to be hanging around that day. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers: Bobbleheads and an excuse to talk to Mark Price — Terry Pluto," 18 Aug. 2019 Amenities include two resort-style pools, a 6,000-square-foot recreation center, playground area, a fishing pond, fitness center and greenbelts. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Toll Brothers adds new luxe homes at Manvel’s Pomona community," 26 July 2019 Judgment reserved Peter Dausend and Elisabeth Niejahr, Mrs von der Leyen’s biographers, compare her to a school pupil who takes on the strongest child in the playground. The Economist, "Does Ursula von der Leyen have the right skills for the EU Commission?," 18 July 2019 Grandparents can tell stories of bullies in the playgrounds and in church pews., "Trump’s ‘go back’ anti-immigrant tirade is as old as the colonies," 16 July 2019 The 1978 building will make room for a new playground area. Andrew Reed, idahostatesman, "Amity Elementary gets sweet farewell from students ahead of demolition," 13 June 2018 The Lions Club is also trying to raise $35,000 for the children's playground area, $100,000 for lights on the big baseball diamond and another $65,000 for lights on the small baseball diamond. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc High School Construction Club builds stage for the new $1.1 million Okauchee Lions Park pavilion," 11 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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