nan·​ny | \ ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nannie
plural nannies

Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse or caregiver

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Examples of nanny in a Sentence

When I was growing up, I had a nanny. wrote a memoir recounting her days as a nanny for the rich and often indiscreet
Recent Examples on the Web When the show kicks off, Sean and Dorothy hire a nanny (Game of Thrones‘ Nell Tiger Free) to take care of their fake baby, and things only get weirder from there. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Thursday: Apple TV+ welcomes a weird Servant for Thanksgiving viewing," 28 Nov. 2019 In popular mythology, the government is portrayed as a monster, seizing private property through taxation, or as a smothering mother, the infamous nanny state. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 The Cambridges' nanny, Maria Borrallo, is beside her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Kids Spotted on Budget Flight to Scotland," 22 Aug. 2019 Blakely, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's 'nanny' is retiring after four years of faithfully teaching social skills to a variety of babies, from Malayan tigers to a warthog and including Fiona. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati Zoo's nursery dog Blakely comes out of retirement to care for cheetah cub," 2 Aug. 2019 For instance, breastfeeding is beneficial but perhaps less so than many claim; letting infants cry it out will not cause long-term damage; and there are good reasons to choose a nanny or day care, depending on your situation. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "An Intimate Portrait of Asian Elephants, A Case for Math-Driven Physics, and Other New Science Books," 1 June 2019 My ex-husband’s mother is my live-in nanny and general cheerleader (a story in itself). al, "Carolyn Hax: Why do I hate my objectively wonderful life?," 29 May 2019 For conservatives, fascism is totalitarianism masquerading as the nanny state. Sean Illing, Vox, "A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.," 15 Dec. 2018 The complaint states that investigators determined that in 1999 Johnson was a live-in nanny for Laroche’s children. Fox News, "Wisconsin nurse arrested in woman's 1999 'barbaric' beating death," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nanny

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nanny

probably of baby-talk origin

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The first known use of nanny was in 1785

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Nanny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of nanny

: a woman who is paid to care for a young child usually in the child's home


nan·​ny | \ ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio) \
plural nannies

Kids Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse

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