- a room or place set apart for young children.
- a nursery school or day nursery.
- a place where young trees or other plants are raised for transplanting, for sale, or for experimental study.
- any place in which something is bred, nourished, or fostered: The art institute has been the nursery of much great painting.
- any situation, condition, circumstance, practice, etc., serving to breed or foster something: Slums are nurseries for young criminals.
Origin of nursery
Examples from the Web for nursery
Mrs. Kouachi works at a nursery and has worn the veil since she made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
One song interweaves adult themes into nursery rhyme cadence.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
It tracks light, noise, and temperature in the nursery, as well as baby's heart rate and sleep position.Are We Turning Our Babies Into Real Life Tamagotchis?
August 7, 2014
In Britain, asked by Nursery World, “How are you supporting working mothers?”The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
The judge suggested they mind their nursery rhymes—Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
It was much nicer upstairs in the nursery with Mimi, the Angora cat.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Mark was in the nursery, as the children's room was still called.Weighed and Wanting
After tea I slunk away to the nursery, and sat staring into the fire.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
And from the time he was a babe in the nursery Coryston had fulfilled it to perfection.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Lalkhan brought tea, and Tony went with him quite meekly to the nursery.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- a room in a house set apart for use by children
- (as modifier)nursery wallpaper
- a place where plants, young trees, etc, are grown commercially
- an establishment providing residential or day care for babies and very young children; crèche
- short for nursery school
- anywhere serving to foster or nourish new ideas, etc
- Also called: nursery cannon billiards
- a series of cannons with the three balls adjacent to a cushion, esp near a corner pocket
- a cannon in such a series
Word Origin and History for nursery
c.1400, "breeding, nursing," from Old French norture, norreture "food, nourishment; education, training," from Late Latin nutritia "a nursing, suckling," from Latin nutrire "to nourish, suckle" (see nourish). Meaning "place or room for infants and young children and their nurse" is from c.1300. As a type of school, 1580s. Horticultural sense is from 1560s. Nursery rhyme is from 1832.