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noun [countable] nursery pronunciation in British English /ˈnɜː(r)s(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    a nursery school

    She goes to nursery every day now.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to a nursery school

      a nursery teacher

      nursery education

      a nursery class

  2. 2
    an area in a hospital where new babies are looked after until they go home
    1. a.
      old-fashioned a child’s bedroom, or a room in a home where children play

      The children usually have tea in the nursery.

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