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 Binti was then moved to a playpen, transitioned from milk to solid food, and is now being introduced to the other lions visually and through scent and sound, but not physically. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Lion cub born at Detroit Zoo for the first time in 40 years," 24 Dec. 2020 The Pêche dining room became a playpen for the Chasseurs’ two daughters. Tom Downey, WSJ, "How Coronavirus Changed This Colorado Restaurant’s Work Culture," 8 Dec. 2020 The apartment that Hotson designed was both a playpen for adults and a dizzyingly high-minded piece of sculpture—the perfect warmup for the Pinnacle. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 He was known to climb inside a playpen with his grandchildren. Emily Woodruff,, "The 'long-haulers': Why 'presumed recovered' doesn't mean you're done with the coronavirus," 17 Oct. 2020 The couple’s pickup held four lawn chairs so parents could join, with a playpen set up on the ground. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Strange days at Petco Park as playoffs roll on with Padres nowhere in sight," 6 Oct. 2020 Montana told police the woman -- later identified as Sodsai Dalzell -- entered his home in Malibu, California, removed his 9-month-old grandchild from a playpen and held the child in her arms. Paul Vercammen, CNN, "NFL legend Joe Montana tussles with woman who attempted to kidnap his grandchild, police say," 27 Sep. 2020 After all, academe in affluent societies has tended to become a playpen for socialists and social engineers. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "Don’t Fix Colleges; Build Them," 17 Sep. 2020 The study reported 2,140 total crib, playpen or bassinet-related deaths, the clemency application said. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Innocence Project seeks pardon for woman convicted in 1-year-old’s Ocoee death," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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27 Dec 2020

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“Playpen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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