Etymology
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day care (n.)

also daycare, day-care, "care and supervision of young children during the day," especially on behalf of working parents, by 1943, American English, from day + care (n.). Early references are to care for children of women working national defense industry jobs. For an earlier word, see baby-farmer.

updated on October 02, 2022

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Definitions of day care from WordNet

day care (n.)
childcare during the day while parents work;
Synonyms: daycare
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