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1 a child's room for a baby [syn: baby's room]
2 a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions [syn: greenhouse, glasshouse]

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nurse + -ery


  • Hyphenation: nurs·er·y


nursery (plural: nurseries)
  1. The act of nursing
    “Her kind nursery.” —Shakespeare
  2. A place where nursing is carried on; as:
    1. A place, or apartment, in a house, used for the care of children.
    2. A place where young trees, shrubs, vines, etc., are cultivated for transplanting; a plantation of young trees.
    3. The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted.
      "Fair Padua, nursery of arts." —Shakespeare
      Christian families are the nurseries of the
      church on earth, as she is the nursery of the
      church in heaven. —J. M. Mason
    4. That which forms and educates; as, commerce is the nursery of seamen.
  3. That which is nursed.

Related terms


Extensive Definition

Nursery can refer to:
  • Nursery (room), a room within the house designed for the care of a young child or children
  • Nursery school, a daycare facility for preschool-age children
  • Prison nursery, for imprisoned mothers with their young children
  • Farm team, where sportspeople can gain experience before playing for a major team

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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