Playa to Pleasure
(||Pla"ya) n. [Sp.] A beach; a strand; in the plains and deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona,
a broad, level spot, on which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation. Bartlett.
(Play"bill`) n. A printed programme of a play, with the parts assigned to the actors.
(Play"book`) n. A book of dramatic compositions; a book of the play. Swift.
(Play"day`) n. A day given to play or diversion; a holiday. Swift.
1. One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler. Shak.
2. One who plays any game.
3. A dramatic actor. Shak.
4. One who plays on an instrument of music. "A cunning player on a harp." 1 Sam. xvi. 16.
5. A gamester; a gambler.
(Play"fel`low) n. A companion in amusements or sports; a playmate. Shak.
(Play"fere`) n. [Play + 1st fere.] A playfellow. [Obs.] [Also, playfeer, playphere.] Holinsheld.
(Play"ful) a. Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a
playful child; a playful writer. Play"ful*ly, adv. Play"ful*ness, n.
(Play"game`) n. Play of children. Locke.
(Play"go`er) n. One who frequents playhouses, or attends dramatic performances.
(Play"go`ing), a. Frequenting playhouses; as, the playgoing public. n. The practice of
going to plays.
(Play"ground`) n. A piece of ground used for recreation; as, the playground of a school.
(Play"house`) n. [AS. pleghus.]
1. A building used for dramatic exhibitions; a theater. Shak.
2. A house for children to play in; a toyhouse.
Playing cards. See under Card.
(Play"ing), a. & vb. n. of Play.
(Play"mak`er) n. A playwright. [R.]
(Play"mate`) n. A companion in diversions; a playfellow.
(Play"some) a. Playful; wanton; sportive. [R.] R. Browning. Play"some*ness, n. [R.]
(Playte) n. (Naut.) See Pleyt.
(Play"thing`) n. A thing to play with; a toy; anything that serves to amuse.
A child knows his nurse, and by degrees the playthings of a little more advanced age.Locke.