sleep·​away | \ ˈslēp-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce sleepaway (audio) \

Definition of sleepaway

: providing accommodations for overnight sleep and extended stay away from home sleepaway camps

Examples of sleepaway in a Sentence

We sent the kids off to sleepaway camp for the week.
Recent Examples on the Web In Wisconsin, the CDC found that a sleepaway camp was a super spreader event this summer, with one positive case leading to 116 infections. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "U.S. surpasses 9 million coronavirus cases," 30 Oct. 2020 At a sleepaway summer camp in Georgia where hundreds were infected, 76 percent of campers and staff members whose test results were available to researchers had tested positive. Lisa Waananen Jones, New York Times, "U.S. Coronavirus Rates Are Rising Fast Among Children," 31 Aug. 2020 On July 31, the CDC published new data about a coronavirus outbreak among 624 campers and staff at a sleepaway camp in Georgia. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan schools, parents have tough choice to make — and time is running out," 8 Aug. 2020 Suggestions include keeping beds 6 feet apart in sleepaway camps and keeping small groups together without mixing. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Summer camps try 'pods' to keep campers together while limiting the spread of coronavirus," 13 June 2020 Shaw said about the conflict with northern sleepaway camps, which typically end in mid- to late August. Lois K. Solomon,, "School Board approves early start next year despite pleas from parents," 25 July 2019 In a 2014 study by child development expert Yalda T. Uhls of Common Sense Media, preteens who spent just five days at a sleepaway nature camp without access to screens developed a greater understanding of real-world interpersonal communication cues. Terri Akman,, "Tech-free camps change kids' brains for the better. How have parents and kids adjusted?," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sleepaway

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Sleepaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleepaway

US : providing beds and rooms so people can stay overnight for a number of nights

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