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

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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 In a cavernous former warehouse, three toddlers played with uniformed U.S. Coast Guardsmen, tossing colored rings and fitting blocks into a box next to playpens as Border Patrol agents looked on. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Border Patrol allows glimpse of embattled Texas facility after reports of dismal conditions," 27 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room — headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) — live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "In ‘Late Night,’ Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling deliver wit and surprising sweetness," 13 June 2019 Mime’s forest hut boasts an oversize playpen and high chair, and a wall decorated with a child’s drawings, including a large dragon; everything is brightly colored. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 Serrano spared the victim’s baby, a then-six-month-old who was left near her mother’s body in a playpen alone for eight hours after the killing. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Facebook search cracks cold case murder that sends illegal immigrant to prison," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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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