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.

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After the war, Schloss’ mother married Anne Frank’s father, and Eva became the stepsister of her childhood playmate. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Anne Frank’s childhood friend bringing lessons of Holocaust to Bay Area," 9 Feb. 2018 From teacher to recess playmate Logan is a goofy sixth-grader. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "This Arizona school has just one student. Here's what her day is like.," 12 June 2019 Authorities in Pennsylvania found the body of a former Playboy playmate dead Wednesday night in the bedroom of her suburban Philadelphia home and determined she had been killed, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Body of ex-Playboy model found strangled in Philadelphia home, police say," 24 Aug. 2018 Petty cash for playmates, to Trump that's his swear jar. Fox News, "Greg Gutfeld: As Trump disproves naysayers, they cling to tapes," 28 July 2018 The only daughter of Steve and Terri Irwin, Bindi grew up with plenty of animals for playmates. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin's Teen Daughter, Is Up to Now," 19 Apr. 2018 Brian Tyree Henry didn’t have many playmates as a kid in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "Brian Tyree Henry Still Roots for the Underdog," 23 Nov. 2018 Each issue will feature 220 pages—nearly double its current size—and three playmates. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Playboy Renews Its Focus on Media," 11 Sep. 2018 Margaret and the Queen are first cousins, and were frequent playmates during their childhoods. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of playmate

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playmate

: a friend with whom a child plays


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

Kids Definition of playmate

: a friend with whom a child plays

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