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 Their last Cantonese nanny had just abruptly departed; unable to secure alternate after-school care, June compromised by leaving the cleaners each afternoon to retrieve Alice from Oak Elementary, parking the old Chrysler along the curb. Ew Staff,, "Read chapters 4 and 5 of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 4 May 2021 Meets Lennon’s 5-year-old son, Sean, with his nanny and shakes hands with him. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Mark David Chapman Fast Facts," 28 Apr. 2021 Our wonderful nanny, Lhamo, moved in with our family for a few months at the start of the pandemic and this tea became part of our daily routine. Rachel Krause,, "I’m A Celebrity Sommelier & This Is What My Beauty Routine Looks Like In A Week," 12 Apr. 2021 Six weeks after the death, Dorothy goes back to work and hires Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) to be the family's nanny. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "What Will Happen on 'Servant' Next? Here's What We Know About Season 3 Right Now," 20 Mar. 2021 Her husband works from home with her son and their nanny. Janet Weinstein, ABC News, "'This has been a huge mental toll': Working moms still struggle a year into the pandemic," 3 Mar. 2021 Premiering in 1993 on CBS, the series stars Drescher as Fran Fine, the nasally nanny herself, and draws upon her real-life Jewish blue-collar upbringing. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of The Nanny," 23 Apr. 2021 On Wednesday morning, second-grader Lenna Shahhosseini waited with her father and nanny to enter Warner Avenue. Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD unequal reopening: Nearly full classrooms on Westside, emptier elsewhere," 18 Apr. 2021 Samantha Langley filed for unemployment insurance benefits last May after losing her nanny job when COVID-19 hit Kentucky. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "'Hopefully things will turn around.' In-person unemployment help resumes across Kentucky," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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

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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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