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Origin of day-care

First recorded in 1960–65

day care

  1. supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.

Origin of day care

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for day-care

nursery, daycare, preschool, playschool

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Word Origin and History for day-care

day care


also daycare, day-care, 1964, from day + care (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper