nursery

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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nurse + -ery

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nursery (plural nurseries)

  1. (obsolete) The act of nursing.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act 1, sc. 1:
      I loved her most, and thought to set my rest
      On her kind nursery.
  2. A place where nursing is carried on; as:
    1. A room or area in a household set apart for the care of children; specifically in European countries.
      • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
        […] presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over Drina, whom he was stalking.
    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.
      • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 1:
        Fair Padua, nursery of arts.
      • J. M. Mason:
        Christian families are the nurseries of the church on earth, as she is the nursery of the church in heaven.
    4. A nursery school.
  3. That which forms and educates.
    Commerce is the nursery of seamen.
  4. (rare) That which is nursed.

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Noun[edit]

nursery f (invariable)

  1. nursery (place for the care of children)