a companion, especially of a child, in play or recreation.
Informal. a social companion or lover; girlfriend or boyfriend: He showed up at the nightclub with his new playmate.

1635–45; play + mate1 Unabridged
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playmate or playfellow (ˈpleɪˌmeɪt)
a friend or partner in play or recreation: childhood playmates
playfellow or playfellow

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Example sentences
She had an imaginary playmate with a shaved head and a number on her arm.
The risks of disease following playmate and hospital exposure are approximately one-fifth the risk after household exposure.
They may have an unseen playmate who cannot see you either.
Practice how to greet a playmate, how to ask for something, how to share.
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