One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American. An item of play wear; a child's or (occasionally) a woman's casual outfit, especially a lightweight shirt and shorts set.
2A number of related or similar toys sold as a collection or compendium.
3North American. A piece of outdoor play equipment incorporating various elements, such as a swing, slide, and climbing frame.
1920s; earliest use found in The Daily Northwestern. From play + set.
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