from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A portable enclosure in which a baby or young child can be safely left to play.

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  • n. An enclosed space for children to play in.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Someone suggested that we put the tree in the playpen, but our playpen is on loan.

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  • Including the playard, otherwise known as a playpen, or baby jail.

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  • OF THE THREE PRESENTS WHICH PETER Holmes took back to his wife that night, the playpen was the most appreciated.

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  • Aspen Mountain has long been known as the playpen of the rich and famous - and it is. New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • Actually, the couch facing the wall was an effective 'playpen' for another couple weeks.

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  • My kitchen sink view is to the north, up the hill that crests our property, to a small apple orchard and the run my husband put up for our dogs (we call it their "playpen" and whenever they hear that word, they go crazy!)


  • Our 'playpen' consisted of the odd comic strip, the novelisations, some vaguely surreal annuals, those Viewmaster slides, a Gareth Hunt doll and some stories that literally unfolded on chocolate wrappers.

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  • This is the "playpen" that Ayers has used to continue his own revolution.

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  • She opened a scrapbook to a photo of a baby girl in a playpen.

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  • What's more, on average, 26 babies under age 2 are injured every day in a crib, bassinet or playpen in the U.S., according to a study in the journal Pediatrics last month.

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  • Hilarious (to me, anyway) article about the demise of the playpen (or at least the WORD playpen) can be read here, at

    My favorite part:

    "Whatever its name, the concept of the playpen reveals yet another fault line in the politics of anxious parenting, as I found via a simple inquiry—whether the playpen was in or out of vogue—at, a site that combines the neurotic firepower of Woody Allen's 1970s oeuvre with the conviviality-tinged-with-hostility of the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars."

    Also, given Treeseed's list title at right, I'm reminded of the story my much-older brother tells of me blathering at him when confined in a playpen and not able to speak proper English yet: He wasn't listening, so I dropped a toy truck on his head.

    I don't remember this event, but it sure explains a lot.

    August 7, 2009