nan·​ny | \ˈna-nē \
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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Everyone better give their housekeepers, nannies and landscapers a ride home tonight... Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Amber Heard fans upset after she posted a racist tweet while warning people about ICE checkpoints," 3 July 2018 The birth wipes Marlo out, and her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass), alluding to an earlier episode of postpartum depression, insists on hiring her a highly credentialed night nanny who will mind the baby and bring it to mom only to nurse. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Like Juno, Diablo Cody's Tully is a tale of motherhood and waning youth," 10 May 2018 Marlo's married and wealthier brother, played by Mark Duplass, has kindly offered to pay for a night nanny. Michael Heaton,, "'Tully' is a mixed-up movie about a mom (review)," 4 May 2018 But up until 100 years ago, and throughout the entire history of humanity, parents had five or six nannies. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Snoozing on the mommy job," 19 May 2018 When Meghan was born years later, her mother had to deal with being mistaken for her daughter’s nanny., "Yep, Meghan Markle Is A Black Woman," 15 May 2018 Blunt had used bank money to pay for a nanny, according to the order. Mark Davis, kansascity, "The sweepstakes no one ever won: Feds finally target $100 million KC-based schemes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 And any fan of Olympios’ from The Bachelor knows that the star famously had a nanny, Raquel, who worked for her family for years and brought her cheese pasta at her leisure. Lindy Segal,, "The Bachelor's Corinne Olympios Shares Her Oh-So-Corinne Bikini Photo Advice: 'Suck It In, Girl'," 25 June 2018 Their third collaboration reunites them with Young Adult star Charlize Theron, here playing a hopelessly tapped-out mom of three whose night nanny (a whimsically appealing Mackenzie Davis) takes care of more than just the baby. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018

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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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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 \
plural nannies

Kids Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse

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