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nursery rhyme

noun

  1. a short, simple poem or song for very young children, as Hickory Dickory Dock.


nursery rhyme

noun

  1. a short traditional verse or song for children, such as Little Jack Horner


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Word History and Origins

Origin of nursery rhyme1

First recorded in 1835–45

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Example Sentences

The piece she chooses is by Edgar Albert Guest, a rhythmic, staccato quasi nursery rhyme titled, “It Couldn’t Be Done.”

From Time

One song interweaves adult themes into nursery rhyme cadence.

The ending of a nursery rhyme every youngster knows turned wrenching in the rubble where seven kids had died.

We passed through Banbury, whose cross, famous in nursery rhyme, is only modern.

It derived its name from King Cole, the "merry old soul" of the familiar nursery rhyme.

No Anglo-Saxon can see them without thinking of the nursery rhyme of the "wise men of Gotham who went to sea in a tub."

Olive, seeing her counting out her money, like the queen in the nursery rhyme, had stopped short near the door.

Who before suspected that the nursery-rhyme was written by Jack Horner himself?

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