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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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 The man charged with murder Wednesday in the death of a former Playboy playmate who was found strangled in her apartment last week had been release from jail a month prior to allegedly committing the crime, reports say. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested in ex-Playboy model's murder released from prison month before attack, father seeks probe," 31 Aug. 2018 Yeah, those are the Hawks’ top two priorities this offseason, but in my world, the third box to check would be getting Kane the kind of playmate that again gives the Hawks the most dangerous line in the league. Steve Rosenbloom,, "The Blackhawks' summer shopping list should include a sniper for Patrick Kane," 11 Apr. 2018 Thaïs Vanderheyden has done the work of mapping out a seek-and-find conversation by framing the whole book as a game in which a mouse, Pip, has to find 100 playmates who are hiding in lots of busy, colorful paintings. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: So Much to See—and Talk About," 12 July 2018 Lamas was previously married to model Victoria Hilbert, actresses Michele Cathy Smith and Kathleen Kinmont and former Playboy playmate Shauna Sand. Maria Pasquini,, "Lorenzo Lamas Files for Divorce from 5th Wife Shawna Craig, Citing Irreconcilable Differences," 30 June 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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