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[pley-pen] /ˈpleɪˌpɛn/
a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can play safely alone without constant supervision.
playground (defs 2, 3).
Origin of playpen
1930-35; play + pen2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for playpen
  • The regional boards overseeing the river levees, once a patronage playpen, have been restructured and professionalised.
  • The tribunal seemed little more than a playpen for lawyers.
  • The size of a coffee mug, the cylindrical robot slides across a round meter-sized playpen on an apparently chaotic path.
  • It would be a touch silly to suggest putting such people in the equivalent of a large playpen.
  • Guests can borrow a crib, playpen, booster seat or high chair during their stay.
  • We have some new office equipment: a playpen and a changing table.
  • Champions wear their crown only if they defend the turf in their own playpen.
  • Toddlers should be kept away from the kitchen with a safety gate, or placed in a playpen or high chair.
  • If you have a playpen made by one of the companies out of business, the playpen should be discarded or destroyed.
  • These enclosures serve a purpose similar to a playpen.
British Dictionary definitions for playpen


a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can be left to play in safety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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playpen in Technology

(IBM) A room where programmers work.
Compare salt mines.
[Jargon File]

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