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playground

[pley-ground] /ˈpleɪˌgraʊnd/
noun
1.
an area used for outdoor play or recreation, especially by children, and often containing recreational equipment such as slides and swings.
2.
Informal. any place, environment, or facility used for recreation or amusement, as a resort:
The tropical island is an international playground for the rich.
3.
an arena of operation or activity.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; play + ground1
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British Dictionary definitions for play ground

playground

/ˈpleɪˌɡraʊnd/
noun
1.
an outdoor area for children's play, esp one having swings, slides, etc, or adjoining a school
2.
a place or region particularly popular as a sports or holiday resort
3.
a sphere of activity: reading was his private playground
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Word Origin and History for play ground

playground

n.

1780, from play (v.) + ground (n.). Old English had plegstow "village sports ground," literally "place for play."

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Encyclopedia Article for play ground

playground

controlled setting for children's play. This institutionalized environment consists of a planned, enclosed space with play equipment that encourages children's motor development

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