playing field


an expanse of level ground, as in a park or stadium, where athletic events are held.

Origin of playing field

First recorded in 1575–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for playing field

  • The playing-field was a quagmire, and the girls had to depend upon walking for their daily exercise.

  • From the biological and psychological point of view the playing-field is immeasurably superior to the gymnasium.

    Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • The two girls hurried off to the playing-field, but took care not to approach together, in case of awakening suspicions.

  • It was growing dark when he passed the lodge, and crossed the playing-field towards the school-house.

    The Master of the Shell|Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for playing field

playing field


mainly British a field or open space used for sport
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