nursery[nʉr′sə rē, nʉrs′rē]
- an infant's bedroom
- a room or apartment in a home, set apart for the children as a playroom, study, dining room, etc.
- a place where parents may temporarily leave children with trained attendants; specif.,
- nursery school
- day nursery
- a place where young trees or other plants are raised for experimental purposes, for transplanting, or for sale
- anything that nourishes, protects, develops, or fosters
Origin: Middle English norcery: see nurse
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noun pl. nurs·er·ies
- A room or area in a household set apart for the use of children.
- a. A place for the temporary care of children in the absence of their parents.b. A nursery school.
- A place where plants are grown for sale, transplanting, or experimentation.
- A place in which something is produced, fostered, or developed.
Origin: Middle English noricerie, probably from Old French norricerie, from norrice, nursemaid; see nurse.