play·time | \ˈplā-ˌtīm \

Definition of playtime 

: a time for play or diversion

Examples of playtime in a Sentence

She has a little playtime in the morning before she goes to school. This isn't playtime; get to work! The children have playtime after lunch.
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As children continue to grow, park access and playtime also become a big issue. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why do young parents move away? Our cities aren’t designed for kids," 19 June 2018 An afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark, which includes hundreds of life-size animal reproductions (many of them interactive), offers an opportunity to indulge in some old-fashioned playtime. Alice Short,, "School's out! 12 fun things for kids (and adults) to do this summer," 22 June 2018 Which makes her new Netflix series a bit like playtime in the sandbox. New York Times, "Carol Burnett Taps Into Her Inner Child for Adult Advice," 4 May 2018 But playtime ended inside the chapel when Leonore's little sister was baptized in front of her royal family. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Young Princess Leonore gets attention at her sister's christening for going barefoot," 13 June 2018 Outdoor Classroom Day, taking place on 17th May and 1st November this year, will see schools around the world swap the inside for the outside and take learning into the playground and beyond to make playtime a key part of the school day. National Geographic, "Dirt is Good: Why the Outdoors is the World's Greatest Playground," 7 May 2018 The screenPLAY auditorium in the new Liberty B&B Theatre offers playtime for kids 30 minutes before the main picture begins. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Liberty B&B Theatre opens with one of the largest screens in the world," 11 July 2018 Recess is not Detroit’s problem alone, said Angela Rogensues, executive director of Playworks Michigan, a nonprofit that works to give students more access to playtime. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Thousands of grade school children in Detroit go without recess," 7 July 2018 Nintendo’s latest nutty idea pairs old fashion playtime with modern day gaming. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Gadgets and Gear We Loved This Month," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of playtime

1631, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playtime

: a time to play and have fun

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