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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Bailey saved up $7,000 for her trip from two years of working as an archivist, digitizing family albums, and as a part-time nanny in her neighborhood. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 The source added that Holmes’s daughter, Suri Cruise, a nanny, and another friend were also on the flight. Allie Jones, The Cut, "What’s Going On With Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx?," 3 July 2018 According to Ladbrokes, the favorites include William and Harry’s former assistant and nanny Tiggy Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke) and William’s outgoing private secretary Miguel Head. Simon Perry,, "Why Meghan Markle Won’t Be Godmother to Prince Louis — and the Surprising Odds-On Favorites," 22 June 2018 Dating is the beginning of a relationship, not an interview for a nanny, housekeeper or a second wage earner. Christen A. Johnson,, "Thinking of setting up a friend who lost a spouse? Here's when to do it," 8 June 2018 An interactive Mary Poppins storytelling tour, where the nanny herself shows visitors around, and children can design their own kites. Vogue, "Mary Poppins Returns," 6 Jan. 2019 Borrallo, has been the trusty nanny for the Cambridge children since 2014, when Prince George was only eight months old, according to Town and Country. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Royal Family Is Laughing in Prince Charles' Birthday Portraits," 20 Nov. 2018 But once the baby is born, Reitman flashes a grueling montage of baby yowling and diaper changings and all-nighters, and Marlo decides to give the night nanny idea a go. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Tully’ gives the Mary Poppins story an unsentimental update," 4 May 2018 Emily Blunt, who starred as the iconic nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, used just that to create one of the most mystifying scenes in the entire film. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 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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