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 Chernysheff told police that on the day of the incident, Morrill had forcefully slammed the child into a playpen for not getting dressed in the morning, per the outlet. Steve Helling,, 28 Feb. 2022 Rams playing in a new stadium that cost more than three times more than the 2nd-most expensive playpen. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 1 Feb. 2022 The child’s playpen was broken and filled with clothes. Meredith Colias-pete,, 10 Nov. 2021 The death of the 11-month-old in a playpen was initially thought by a coroner to be from accidental suffocation, possibly from bedding. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2022 Just past the point of no return, Tingler somehow ran out of diapers and lost control of the playpen. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 The caller told police that Kamarian Taylor had been taken from his playpen while his mother was taking a nap. Carol Robinson |, al, 24 Aug. 2021 Much of the furniture that movers were taking away appeared to be new as was the baby's playpen. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 An alphabet rug surrounded by a purple and pink playpen is now where some of the facility's youngest unaccompanied children sleep. Mireya Villareal, CBS News, 31 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of playpen

1902, in the meaning defined above

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8 Apr 2022

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“Playpen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for playpen


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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Nglish: Translation of playpen for Spanish Speakers


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