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 An unnamed 6-year-old boy shoots and kills a 6-year-old playmate, Kayla Rolland, at school. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "US School Violence Fast Facts," 25 Apr. 2021 Relationships or a get-rich plan can seem heavenly in October, but ask your friends if any beguiling new playmate or offer is worthwhile. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 28, 2021: Leo, you’ve got a green light for love; Scorpio, handle career matters with delicacy," 28 Mar. 2021 Kindhearted expressions of affection are in the air, making this a good time to spoil lovers or spend quality hours alone with a favorite playmate. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 16, 2021: Leo, deal with issues rationally; Aquarius, think for yourself," 16 Mar. 2021 The new addition will be a playmate for the family's rescue dog, Hamilton. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "WXYZ-TV reporter Syma Chowdhry is leaving Detroit, a move prompted by pandemic," 28 Feb. 2021 Frosty the Snowman gets burned (or melted) by his human playmate Karen, who’s become a manic YouTuber. Christopher Arnott,, "TheaterWorks holiday hit ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ gets shaken up for new streaming ‘Quarantine Edition’," 10 Dec. 2020 Not long after the sale, Rosenberg and his family left Germany for Amsterdam, where his daughter is said to have been a playmate of Anne Frank. Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court weighs heirs’ claims over forced Jewish art sales during Nazi era," 3 Dec. 2020 The German leader drew widespread criticism from state leaders this week for proposing that children be limited to just a single playmate and that face masks should be mandatory in schools. Stefan Nicola,, "Germany Set to Extend Lockdown to Slow Virus Before Christmas," 20 Nov. 2020 Confused by the shooting, Louis plucked his 7-year-old and a playmate off a nearby lawn and secured them in his home before dashing across the street to yank his 8-year-old off his bike and run him to safety. Bryan Denson, ProPublica, "New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Playmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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