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From Middle English norcery, from Old French norture, norreture, from Late Latin nutritia



nursery (plural nurseries)

  1. (obsolete) The act of nursing.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act 1, scene 1:
      I loved her most, and thought to set my rest / On her kind nursery.
  2. A place where nursing is carried on.
    1. A room or area in a household set apart for the care of children; specifically in European countries.
      • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
        But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and 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, scene 1:
        Fair Padua, nursery of arts.
      • John Mitchell Mason (1770-1829)
        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.
  5. (Philippines) The first year of preschool.

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Borrowed from English nursery.


nursery f (invariable)

  1. nursery (place for the care of children)