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day nursery

a nursery for the care of small children during the day, especially while their parents are at work.
Origin of day nursery
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Certainly the day-nursery was the best room in the tall thin house, just as the morning-room was the worst.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • However, the day-nursery was a bright room, with a cosy atmosphere of its own.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The day-nursery, afterward the school-room, was over the dining-room, and the bedrooms were at the back of the house.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I was at the day-nursery yesterday when all those babies were brought in to their dinner.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • Among the very poor the day-nursery and Kindergarten are doing slow, but beautiful work.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Intimations that an aquatic tourney of some sort was the feature in the day-nursery began to leak through to the room below.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Instead of feeling that he was behaving badly he danced with glee; then he peeped into the day-nursery to see who was playing.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • One morning the nurse heard a plaintive mewing at the window of the day-nursery on the ground-floor.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Wait a moment, I'll see," I replied, and went to the day-nursery.

    That Little Beggar E. King Hall
  • The French crche offers an example; it has been entirely displaced by day-nursery.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for day-nursery

day nursery

(Brit & NZ, social welfare) an establishment offering daycare to preschool children, enabling their parents to work full time or have extended relief if child care is a problem Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ) daycare centre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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