Definition of nursery in US English:



  • 1A room in a house for the special use of young children.

    • ‘He spent the next fifteen minutes searching through a dozen different rooms before trying the nursery.’
    • ‘Converting a spare room into a nursery can easily take £1,000 from the budget.’
    • ‘Melinda explained that it had originally been the old schoolmaster's room adjoining the nursery.’
    • ‘Stained glass panels carrying colourful images of cartoon characters are placed in nurseries and rooms assigned to children.’
    • ‘The only way the couple can stop this is by claiming that Marie is pregnant and that they will need their spare room as a nursery.’
    • ‘As he turns, he spies a dark figure entering the terrace from one of the other rooms, possibly the nursery, carrying a small bundle.’
    • ‘They had already bought clothes and decorated a nursery for the child they expected to adopt.’
    • ‘The hallway leads to a nursery, downstairs toilet and kitchen and utility area to the rear of the house.’
    • ‘She checks the upstairs sitting room, then the nursery, then rushes downstairs to find Gabe in his office.’
    • ‘The stairs lead to another living room, master bedroom and bathroom, game room, nursery, and three bedrooms.’
    • ‘I knew soon enough Lizzie would demand her own room outside of the nursery and I had convinced Adam to redo one of the rooms on the third floor.’
    • ‘There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and two upstairs but there is also an unusual room which could be changed into a nursery if an extra room was needed.’
    • ‘I suppose at some point we need to start thinking about decorating the nursery.’
    • ‘The accommodation includes an entrance hall, living room, a kitchen, utility, four bedrooms, a nursery, three bathrooms, and a chapel.’
    • ‘They're decorating the nursery, trading in the car for a minivan.’
    • ‘I stood in the nursery in Violet's house and looked around.’
    • ‘It had a living room, a dining room, a nursery, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a huge kitchen fitted out like the galley of an old Cunarder.’
    • ‘They went and tucked in the twins, said goodnight to Jane as she went off to her room next to the nursery and went back down to the kitchen.’
    • ‘She shook her head, closing the door and jogging through the house to the nursery to see to her daughter, unable to wipe the smile from her face.’
    • ‘He suddenly recalled the sight of Kass in the nursery of his house, staring up at him, with the crib mobile's lullaby playing in the background.’
    1. 1.1 A place where young children are cared for during the working day; a nursery school.
      • ‘As a result of inadequate funding, more than 80 percent of the teachers and attendants in nurseries and kindergartens have received no training for the positions they fill.’
      • ‘Mariella eventually wants to run her own nursery and says that Just Learning is teaching her well.’
      • ‘Changes in higher education are only part of changes throughout an educational system and cannot be seen separately from strategies for nurseries, primary schools or vocational training.’
      • ‘The couple are taking Italian lessons and their son attends the village nursery.’
      • ‘The result is a new day care nursery for pre-school children in Appleby.’
      • ‘A children's nursery which has become a target for vandals needs help to protect itself.’
      • ‘Some are cared for at a private nursery from the age of three months.’
      • ‘Families with enough money to pay for places in private nurseries have done well under New Labour.’
      • ‘Surely the Dental Authority could visit nurseries and schools to educate youngsters in dental health.’
      • ‘Finally, governments could respond to the rising demand for education at all levels by investing heavily in public education, in nurseries and primary and secondary schools, as well as in universities.’
      • ‘The strikes have so far hit over 400 council-run nurseries.’
      • ‘The group also runs two independent schools and three private nurseries in Wakefield and Barnsley.’
      • ‘There is a range of private and public nurseries, kindergartens, and play schools.’
      • ‘A new neighbourhood nursery and parent and child centre will help mums and dads back to work.’
      • ‘A Chippenham neighbourhood nursery has thanked its supporters following a very successful first six months.’
      • ‘Builders are on target to finish a new neighbourhood nursery and children's centre by the end of next month.’
      • ‘The centre is Bury's only council-run nursery and cares for up to 80 children a day.’
      • ‘Now, only private or state run day care nurseries are available to parents of pre-school children in Skipton.’
      • ‘Until he stared school at Easter, my 5 year old son attended a local day nursery.’
    2. 1.2 A place where young plants and trees are grown for sale or for planting elsewhere.
      • ‘Unusual species may have to be sought from specialist nurseries.’
      • ‘It's resistant to humidity diseases, and is readily available at the specialist fruit tree nurseries.’
      • ‘She visited nurseries with her friend Sara Lynch to learn about plants.’
      • ‘Check with your local nursery or horticultural organization for details on alternative landscape species.’
      • ‘Amos raised cattle and had a side business running a tree nursery.’
      • ‘Ten specialist nurseries, all small independent businesses from Yorkshire, will display and sell their plants.’
      • ‘Marketing in the form of branding comes to your local plant nursery.’
      • ‘Native orchids are offered by some commercial nurseries with the assurance that none have been collected from the wild.’
      • ‘All landscape plants for sale in nurseries should be required to have a numerical allergy rating on each container.’
      • ‘As with any shrub, buy your plant from a knowledgeable retail or mail-order nursery.’
      • ‘The nursery has expanded to include a tree nursery where saplings are grown on to maturity for sale.’
      • ‘The figs have been placed alongside the baby peach trees in the tree nursery.’
      • ‘These gardeners may make note of those plants they'd like to add to their personal landscapes and seek them out at nurseries or special plant sales.’
      • ‘As an experiment I bought in 12 different varieties of spray chrysanthemum from a specialist nursery.’
      • ‘Keith built up a wholesale nursery selling shrubs and plants in bulk to outlets around New Zealand.’
      • ‘While at his website you can learn how to start your own profitable backyard nursery.’
      • ‘Most plant catalogs and nurseries contain a selection of fruit trees that can be grown in containers.’
      • ‘In addition to local nurseries, hostas are available from several mail-order nurseries.’
      • ‘Garden centers and mail-order nurseries sell the Flower Pouch and similar products under different names in various sizes.’
      • ‘The plant nursery which is situated at the back of the Parish Hall is open daily.’
    3. 1.3 A place or natural habitat that breeds or supports animals.
      ‘this estuary provides a vast nursery for fish’
      • ‘Commonly, these also had a snake nursery where snakes were bred for use for the healing ceremonies.’
      • ‘Like other deepwater coral communities, the sites appear to provide important nursery habitat for fish.’
      • ‘Many streams serve as spawning, nursery, and juvenile habitat for arctic grayling.’
      • ‘At present the baby alligator is housed in a small nursery pond, which has been covered with thick vegetation such as small plants and grass.’
      • ‘For three years, the newborn sharks live in this natural nursery, feeding on crab, lobster and fish, before setting out into the world.’
      • ‘As breeding areas, nurseries, and feeding grounds for marine life, mangrove forests are also among the planet's most productive and biodiverse wetlands.’
      • ‘These marshes provide nursery habitat for fish and shellfish.’
      • ‘This entanglement of roots provides a safe nursery for hatchling sea fishes.’
      • ‘But we have a crazy situation in this country where we allow nets to operate in these nursery areas.’
      • ‘She said the continued revegetation efforts of community groups had prompted Active Community Environmentalist members to launch the nursery.’
      • ‘Heysham bass nursery zone - where netting is allowed’
      • ‘After hatching, the juveniles prefer shallow inshore waters as their nursery until they are big enough to brave the open ocean.’
      • ‘In and around the estuaries, freshwater mingled with salt to create habitats supporting mangroves and nurseries for wading birds and fish.’
      • ‘Lubchenco advocates for a network of fully protected marine reserves, linked by corridors, to protect breeding and nursery grounds.’
      • ‘In Asia, shrimp ponds destroyed vast swaths of mangrove forests, the key nursery habitat for many undersea creatures in tropical waters.’
      • ‘A large lagoon, protected from the open sea by the surrounding islands, serves as a natural nursery for the population.’
      • ‘Scallops, oysters, and the eelgrass beds that provided nurseries for crabs and fish have disappeared.’
      • ‘I would ask all caring anglers to write to their Member of Parliament so we can make sure nursery areas protect the bass stocks and netting is banned.’
      • ‘The loss of living coral reefs, which act as nurseries for countless fish and marine species, will adversely impact fisheries and biodiversity, Miller says.’
      • ‘The finding that mangroves serve as crucial nurseries for coral reef fish highlights another reason to conserve these rapidly disappearing habitats.’
      breeding ground, cradle, nest, den, seedbed, forcing house
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    4. 1.4 An institution or environment in which certain types of people or qualities are fostered or bred.
      ‘that nursery of traitors’
      birthplace, fount, fountainhead, source, spring, fountain, origin, place of origin, breeding place, root, roots, seat, seed, germ
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Late Middle English: from Old French nourice ‘nurse’ (see nurse) + -ery.