play·​ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio) \

Definition of playground

1 : a piece of land used for and usually equipped with facilities for recreation especially by children
2 : an area known or suited for activity of a specified sort a vacation playground

Examples of playground in a Sentence

The island was a playground of the rich and famous until the 1950s. These mountains are a playground for hikers, skiers, and nature lovers.
Recent Examples on the Web But just 50 or so feet from the playground three homeless men were sleeping or standing around the restrooms building. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 Wilson kidnapped 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr from a Kotzebue playground on a September evening three years ago, sparking a frantic citywide search in the Northwest Arctic community. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 That's a long way off from the Harmony Elementary School playground in Goshen, Kentucky. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 The runners and their parents proceeded to a nearby playground, where Sobol climbed the ropes course, got on the slide, and played tag with the kids. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 On a sweltering June day, a welter of yelps rose from the playground in the northeastern corner of Greenpoint’s leafy, tidy McGolrick Park. Joshua David Stein, Curbed, 8 July 2021 My parents retired to a total hellhole, not so much as a nearby playground, that requires a four-hour flight. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 The squeal of children hanging onto a spinning merry go round at a nearby playground broke the lunchtime calm. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 Police investigating the thefts of catalytic converters last month stumbled upon a slide that had been stolen from a playground at a city park in December. cleveland, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of playground

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2021

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“Playground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playground

: an outdoor area where children can play that usually includes special equipment (such as swings and slides)
: a place where people go to do enjoyable things


play·​ground | \ ˈplā-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce playground (audio) \

Kids Definition of playground

: an area used for games and playing


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