play·pen | \ˈplā-ˌpen \

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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In the early years, the couple worked 16 to 18 hours a day and kept daughter Mary Ann in a playpen in the kitchen. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Adele A. Barakat, 95, businesswoman and philanthropist," 3 May 2018 While FC Cincinnati is paying for its playpen (thank you), this stadium issue has been no more pleasant. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: How will you feel when FC Cincinnati stadium saga ends?," 17 Apr. 2018 Siena comes to resemble a playpen in which many of the toddlers have hairy legs and five o’clock shadows. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Rhythm Fields was found dead in her playpen, next to the living room couch. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Mother charged with murder in death of her 15-month-old daughter," 3 Apr. 2018 Firefighters rescued the boy from a playpen near where the flames broke out., "New England news in brief," 29 Mar. 2018 If the govern-ment intends to construct a thriving playpen for technological guinea pigs, the people who live there are—by one measure—receptive to it. Claire Zillman / Dubai, Time, "Dubai Decrees Itself the A.I. City-State of the Future," 12 Mar. 2018 But the boom in luxurious terminals that look more like playpens for adults than somewhere to fly from is spreading. The Economist, "Living the high lifeSome airport terminals are learning from the luxury-hotel business," 1 Mar. 2018 The family’s Collinsville residence had cat feces smeared on the walls and maggots in the girls’ playpen, according to testimony from an investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, reports The Tulsa World. Jeff Truesdell,, "130 Years in Prison Recommended for Okla. Parents Convicted in ‘Worst Case of Child Abuse’ Seen by Police," 17 Oct. 2017

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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 \

Kids Definition of playpen

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

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