play·​pen | \ ˈplā-ˌpen How to pronounce playpen (audio) \

Definition of playpen

: a portable usually collapsible enclosure in which a baby or young child may play

called also play yard

Examples of playpen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the presents were a car seat, gift baskets, a diaper bag, a portable playpen and a $10,000 scholarship from the University of the Incarnate Word. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio’s first baby of the year born 25 seconds after midnight," 1 Jan. 2020 Little Kallie Grace watched her mother from a playpen in the office. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Rural healthcare isn’t easy. Here’s how one Alabama woman bridges gaps in the Black Belt," 29 Dec. 2019 The couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, was in a playpen inside the house at the time. Laura Barcella,, "Patrick Frazee Found Guilty of Murdering Fiancée Kelsey Berreth," 18 Nov. 2019 There’s not been a girl in the playpen for a month. Christian Holub,, "Read an excerpt from Dean Koontz's newest story collection, Nameless," 11 Nov. 2019 No one who owns a pro sports franchise – especially one with a publicly paid-for playpen – should ever be heard complaining about anything money-related. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Andrew Luck made a lifestyle choice. Respect it, football fans.," 28 Aug. 2019 There are thick mats to sleep on, showers, playpens for infants and aluminum blankets. Washington Post, "Top immigration official: Border crossings dropping," 28 June 2019 The associated article includes even more photos of other Valve office zones, including a room full of rare merch and a kid's playpen. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Our favorite gaming studios, expos, museum exhibits—in a photo blowout," 24 Aug. 2019 At Admiralty’s Tamar Park, some people unrolled picnic mats, and one mother brought a playpen. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kongers Go on Strike to Support the 'Revolution of Our Time'," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of playpen

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playpen was in 1902

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Playpen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of playpen

: a structure with high sides that provides an enclosed area in which a baby or young child can play


play·​pen | \ ˈplā-ˌpen How to pronounce playpen (audio) \

Kids Definition of playpen

: a small enclosure in which a baby is placed to play

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