[ dey-kair ]
/ ˈdeɪˌkɛər /


of, relating to, or providing day care: day-care center; day-care program.

Origin of day-care

First recorded in 1960–65

Definition for day-care (2 of 2)

day care


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

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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