play·​mate | \ ˈplā-ˌmāt How to pronounce playmate (audio) \

Definition of playmate

: a companion in play

Examples of playmate in a Sentence

She was my playmate and best friend. He wasn't allowed to join his playmates outside.
Recent Examples on the Web Leno asked about Koy’s 2-year-old son, and in the euphoria of the moment, Koy riffed on his baby boy‘s babbling, unlike his son’s more articulate playmate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 In some households, an athletic brother or sister might be an encouraging role model, a steady playmate, a reliable confidant. Linda Flanagan, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 The Birmingham Zoo’s African lion has a new playmate after the facility welcomed 6-year-old Josh, who joins Akili as part of the zoo’s Trails of Africa habitat. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 13 June 2022 On the bright side, there is a shiny sun and a cool breeze wafting about the Pharmalot campus, where the official mascot and a loyal playmate are enjoying the moment. Ed Silverman, STAT, 28 July 2022 April does reflect on her life growing up in Long Island, and scenes of her childhood that include her neighbor and playmate, a boy who played basketball with her, and returns to her life later on. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 The first participant will then choose a random gift to unwrap, giving each player afterward the option to choose an unwrapped gift or steal an already-unwrapped gift from a playmate. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Coinciding with her departure, Nelly meets a young playmate in the woods surrounding the house. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 From the moment she was born, Valerie was his sidekick, playmate, and confidante. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of playmate

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playmate was circa 1560

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16 Aug 2022

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“Playmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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play·​mate | \ ˈplā-ˌmāt How to pronounce playmate (audio) \

Kids Definition of playmate

: a friend with whom a child plays

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