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 Many parents are dismayed when their otherwise sweet and caring children become frustrated and bite or hit playmates or family members. New York Times, "The science of your 18-month-old," 18 Apr. 2020 Many parents are trying to fill the roles of teacher, nanny and playmate — then, between snack time and FaceTime, maybe get a little work done too. Sarah Feldberg,, "‘It’s a mess’: Single parents struggle during coronavirus pandemic without support, courts," 8 Apr. 2020 Dogs can be the ultimate running buddies and outdoor playmates. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "Do Dogs Sweat? Here's What Happens To Your Pup When It's Hot," 2 Jan. 2020 The outermost of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts, this tiny windswept atoll was her playground and playmate. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane," 17 Dec. 2019 The dog acts as both teacher and playmate to the cub in ways that humans cannot, Castaneda said. Fox News, "Baby cheetah, puppy play together in adorable video from Cincinnati Zoo," 13 Oct. 2019 Xiong did what any lonely and well-funded college kid would do: Hire a full-time IT team based out of China to make a website that connects lonely gamers to semiprofessional playmates. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A New Site Connects ‘Egirls’ With Gamers—for a Fee," 16 Mar. 2020 The group includes one of his former childhood playmates who was Jewish and doomed for the gas chamber during World War II. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Tremont minister Horst Hoyer follows the Lord’s path from dictatorship to democracy and divinity," 23 Feb. 2020 Unlike many other little people at court, de Acedo didn’t serve as a playmate to the royal children or a general entertainer and figure of fun. Washington Post, "Buried deep in a disappointing Rembrandt and Velázquez show are two portraits that demand to be seen," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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29 May 2020

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“Playmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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