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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Yes, your children will not be with their playmates. The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, "Ask Amy: Why didn’t they get invited to stepbrother’s wedding? It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?," 6 May 2019 And unlike Barbie, an idealized plastic figure of young female beauty, Patti looked like most any toddler girl — an all-vinyl companion who could share real clothing and imaginary adventures with a human playmate. Sam Roberts,, "Neil Estern, sculptor of monumental public works, 93," 31 July 2019 Klosterman, then 12, was body surfing with playmates on a summer day at South Laguna’s Three Arch Bay Beach. Faith E. Pinho,, "Laguna Beach’s lifeguards celebrate 90 years of rescues," 11 June 2019 The National Enquirer, a tabloid run by a Trump ally, sent $150,000 to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy playmate. Los Angeles Times, "Court documents show close contact between Cohen and Trump during hush-money arrangements," 18 July 2019 Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles," 18 July 2019 Officers responded to the 400 block of Straus Road, where the teenager said he and his playmates were approached by the suspect, who asked him several times to meet him behind the bathrooms. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Man exposed himself to 13-year-old at Cedar Hill park, police say," 28 June 2019 The Apollo 12 astronauts, for instance, found pictures of Playboy playmates laminated inside their checklists, literally the checklists that were attached to their spacesuit gloves, to be used on the surface of the moon. Kevin Spear,, "Apollo 11 and race to the moon helped create the world we live in today, technologically and culturally, author says," 14 July 2019 Saambili, who was the first gorilla born at the zoo in 20 years, shared the tasty spread with her troop, which includes mom Hope and playmate Shanta. Kelli Bender,, "Dallas Zoo's Baby Gorilla Celebrates 1st Birthday By Covering Herself in Cake," 27 June 2019

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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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