from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A scheduled time for a child to visit and play with another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The occasion of a child having a friend come over to play at their house.
  • noun Any scheduled recreation, especially if not scheduled by those directly involved.


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  • I don’t understand why anyone expects us to love the drudgery of parenting and treat it like a sacred rite, as if admitting we’re sick to death of playing a game with our kids or doing laundry or sitting through a painful playdate is somehow a moral failure on our part.

    Mom At Work | Her Bad Mother

  • Since my parents both commuted a long way from home, long before the word "playdate" ever existed, I spent most afternoons running from house to house, soaking up the sounds, smells and tastes.

    Jessica Seinfeld: Reclaiming Family Food

  • Long "playdate" in which the moms & I sat at the table eating dim sum and drinking tea, while the kids played and quarreled and sang and danced in the living room.

    Empty Blogosphere & the Post-Holiday/Post Novel Stall

  • I think it is a result of the "playdate" phenomenon of our society ... everything is supervised by an adult because of safety concerns mostly.

    don't climb my hair, quoth rapunzel

  • Very surprised that "playdate" caused such a heated debate.

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • The thing with the use of the word 'playdate' is that it doesn't always apply to coming over to tea.

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • Well, as an ex-pat married to an American and parent of a dual national, I reserve the right to use "playdate" and "sleepover".

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • I agree 'playdate' is an easy and convenient and accurate term to use, and I dislike it simply because it is American....

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • My daughter's just started Big School, and all the Mums seem to use 'playdate' as an easy shorthand for arrangement to meet up and play.

    The unspoken rules of playdate etiquette

  • Today was a very BAD day for my little dawg as we set up a 'playdate' at a shelter in Waterloo in hopes of finding him a playmate.



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