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

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They were spotted leaving the plane with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the children’s nanny. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan, Prince William and Kate Middleton are fine flying commercial for latest vacation," 22 Aug. 2019 William and Catherine traveled with their three children and nanny from Norwich to Aberdeen, according to the report. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Meghan's friend calls out 'racist bullies' who abuse the duchess," 22 Aug. 2019 In the video, which was published today by the Daily Mail, Prince William carries the luggage to the plane, and the family appears to be accompanied by nanny Maria. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the Cambridge Kids Fly to Scotland to Visit With the Queen," 22 Aug. 2019 In the story, set in the early 20th century, no-nonsense nanny Mary and her easygoing pal Bert bring new life to the troubled Banks household. Matthew J. Palm,, "How St. Luke’s puts the magic in ‘Mary Poppins’," 13 Aug. 2019 Claridy will show you the porch where a nanny hid a Confederate soldier under her bell skirt. Rebecca Sallee | For, al, "Take a romantic carriage ride in downtown Huntsville," 12 Aug. 2019 And so Alexandra was raised by a succession of nannies. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Other nannies gathered this week to honor Bermudez-Rodriguez while comedians paid tribute to Kimowitz, who was popular in comedy circles for his stand-up club. Faith Karimi And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "A jilted boyfriend kills a nanny and her boss in New Jersey, police say," 9 Aug. 2019 The new owner will also enjoy a two-story office, an exercise room, an elevator for easy access within the home, and a mother-in-law/nanny apartment with a separate entrance. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Overlooking the 11th hole of Cherry Hills Country Club, 8 Churchill Drive is the opportunity to truly have it all," 8 Aug. 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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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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