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




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

Origin of day-care

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for daycare

kindergarten, babysitter, playgroup

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British Dictionary definitions for daycare


noun social welfare

British occupation, treatment, or supervision during the working day for people who might be at risk if left on their own, or whose usual carers need daytime relief
British welfare services provided by a local authority, health service, or voluntary body during the dayCompare residential care
NZ short for daycare centre
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Word Origin and History for daycare

day care


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

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