Definition of pacifier in English:

pacifier

noun

  • 1A person or thing that pacifies.

    • ‘Once, when Beloved wakes, Denver has sweet bread that she gives to her, and at this point, sugar becomes a pacifier for Beloved, in the same way sweets soothe a child.’
    • ‘Instead of the usual two hour mental pacifier, can a DVD serve higher purposes such as education, thought, and examination of the human condition?’
    • ‘They were my pacifier - my teddy on a stormy night.’
    • ‘This story is about the rise and the fall of the three unifier and pacifier of Japan towards the end of the 16th century after generations of feudal wars of powerful local rulers.’
    • ‘But his old rival, Tokugawa Ieyasu, proved stronger and became the third and last pacifier of Japan and the first Shogun of the Tokugawa family.’
    • ‘Oda Nobunaga, the leading warlord and the first of the three pacifiers and unifiers of Japan, was opposed to Buddhism.’
    1. 1.1North American A rubber or plastic nipple for a baby to suck on.
      • ‘The use of pacifiers, sugar water and formula bottle feeds, etc. may lead to nipple confusion and jeopardise the establishment of successful breast feeding.’
      • ‘The introduction of pacifiers and bottles is also a common practice within the nursery setting.’
      • ‘Many parents don't like the idea of their babies using a pacifier or dummy but give them one anyway just to get some peace, believing that pacifiers are essentially harmless.’
      • ‘Early and subsequent use of pacifiers, water, glucose water and formula supplementation have been shown to promote early weaning and nipple confusion.’
      • ‘It is normal for children to suck their thumbs, their fingers or pacifiers.’
      • ‘Never tie any strings around your baby's neck, even to hold a pacifier.’
      • ‘Thumb-sucking has a major advantage over a pacifier, in that when the child enters an episode of activity, playing or moving about, the thumb will invariably be removed from the mouth; a pacifier tends to remain in position.’
      • ‘Olivia can also sit up, roll over, giggle, shriek, hold her own bottle, and put her own pacifier in her mouth.’
      • ‘Wash hands with soap and water particularly before eating and preparing food; before touching infants or their toys, bottles, or pacifiers; and after contact with animals or handling raw meat.’
      • ‘It is best to avoid bottles and pacifiers until your baby is 4 to 6 weeks old and has learned how to breastfeed well.’
      • ‘If the parents-to-be have specified in the baby registry a brand or shape of bottles, nipples, and pacifiers, these items may be a safe choice for a baby shower gift.’
      • ‘The use of oral sucrose, with or without pacifiers, has been shown to relieve pain in neonates, as assessed by physiologic and behavioral pain indicators and pain scores.’
      • ‘Because of the interference that often happens in the hospitals (giving pacifiers and formula), many women get home with a newborn who has been imprinted to nurse incorrectly.’
      • ‘Family physicians argue about whether pacifiers are good or bad for infants.’
      • ‘A man passed her, then a woman with a baby carriage, the baby inside waving a pacifier.’
      • ‘Holding or rocking the baby and offering a pacifier might help.’
      • ‘Keep soft toys, rattles, or pacifiers on hand in case your baby gets fussy.’
      • ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies use a pacifier at bed time.’
      • ‘As they went to examine the young patient together, PO immediately noticed that the baby was drooling and fussing as the mother tried to comfort him with a pacifier.’
      • ‘Sugar's siren call can even block out pain - pediatricians have shown that newborns who have injections or blood drawn don't mind the needle as much when also given a sugar-coated pacifier to suck.’

Pronunciation

pacifier

/ˈpasəˌfī(ə)r/