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 In a time when more and more women are in survival mode, hiring a nanny to make time for Poshing may not be a realistic option. Alden Wicker, Wired, "Get Rich Selling Used Fashion Online—or Cry Trying," 10 Dec. 2020 Sienna Miller has opened up about her breakup from ex-fiancé Jude Law, more than 10 years after his affair with his children's nanny. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Sienna Miller Just Opened Up About Jude Law's Infamous Cheating Scandal," 6 Dec. 2020 Lennon, according to news articles published at the time, apparently had some help from a nanny. NBC News, "John Lennon as 'stay-at-home dad': Inside his final years," 6 Dec. 2020 Between auditions Pellman worked odd jobs in retail, at the front desk of a gym, and as a nanny. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "Getting to Know Jo Ellen Pellman, the Breakout Star of Netflix’s The Prom," 11 Dec. 2020 After a year of dating in the mid2000s, however, the headlines about their love life quickly shifted as word spread about Law’s secret affair with their nanny, completely altering the course of their relationship. Ineye Komonibo,, "Sienna Miller Opens Up About The “Public Heartbreak” Of The Jude Law Nanny Scandal," 7 Dec. 2020 A month before she was killed, Mrs. Rodríguez broke her foot chasing down one of the last targets on her list, a young woman who had left town and begun working as a live-in nanny for a family in Ciudad Victoria. New York Times, "She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One," 6 Dec. 2020 Erin had moved to Alaska the year prior and was working as a nanny. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 As the pandemic continued, small changes flickered through my daily experience: a rented office space close by, the return of our nanny. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, "Proust Made My Rote Pandemic Existence Unfamiliar Again," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce nanny (audio)

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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