- a person or thing that pacifies.
- a rubber or plastic device, often shaped into a nipple, for a baby to suck or bite on.
Origin of pacifier
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Examples from the Web for pacifier
In the short silent clip, Maria has a pacifier in her mouth.The Mysterious Case of Maria, Greece’s Fake Roma Child
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 21, 2013
This project to be his housekeeper was one dear to Meg's heart, the pacifier of her wrath.Meg's Friend
Alice Abigail Corkran
"Well, Dr. Seaman," she demanded as I chewed on my pacifier.The Trouble with Telstar
But at such times Basine revealed his interesting talents as a compromiser, fence straddler, pacifier.Gargoyles
Hanneh Breineh tied the child in the chair, stuck a pacifier in his mouth, and went in to her neighbor.
After a child has used a pacifier or comforter for some time it invariably becomes a mouth breather.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
- a person or thing that pacifies
- US and Canadian a baby's dummy or teething ring
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Word Origin and History for pacifier
"one who pacifies or appeases," 1530s, agent noun from pacify. The meaning "nipple-shaped device for babies" is first recorded 1904.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper