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[pley-ground] /ˈpleɪˌgraʊnd/
an area used for outdoor play or recreation, especially by children, and often containing recreational equipment such as slides and swings.
Informal. any place, environment, or facility used for recreation or amusement, as a resort:
The tropical island is an international playground for the rich.
an arena of operation or activity.
Origin of playground
1770-80; play + ground1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for playground
  • In addition to the splash pad area, the park is home to a dry playground.
  • The indoor play area is equipped with activity simulators, a skating rink, a playground and a concession stand.
  • Recreation includes a swimming pool, playground and trails for horseback riding and hiking.
  • There was an old door in this playground, on which the boys had a custom of carving their names.
  • They are achieved as much in the home or on the playground as in the school.
  • If anything, this article points to what psychologists already know about bullying, whether it's workplace or playground.
  • Short of a crisis threatening the entire playground, there will be little significant change.
  • There's a good chance you'll see an expat mom here at the village playground with her kids.
  • But today, a visit offers more than a glimpse into a patrician family's private playground.
  • The playground's swings and slides are an attraction to youngsters and adults.
British Dictionary definitions for playground


an outdoor area for children's play, esp one having swings, slides, etc, or adjoining a school
a place or region particularly popular as a sports or holiday resort
a sphere of activity: reading was his private playground
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for playground

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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playground in Technology

A visual language for children, developed for Apple's Vivarium Project. OOPSLA 89 or 90?

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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