nan·​ny ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio)
variants or less commonly nannie
plural nannies
: a child's nurse or caregiver

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 Postpartum-care nanny Teresa Tan, whose company works in Singapore and Malaysia, said she is booked through September, with an increase in bookings of about 40 percent compared to last year. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Immigrants are heavily represented in the care sector, as nannies, au pairs, home health aides, and nursing-home assistants. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 D'Arcy Carden was their nanny Being around famous actors is something the girls are used to. Kelsey Lentz, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 Rebekah Parr, 29, has gone through six nanny changes in five years for her three children, ages 1, 3, and 5. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 17 Jan. 2024 As well as having her husband on hand to help her, the family's longstanding nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo has also been looking after the children. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 As of 2023, the State Department said there were about 29,000 au pairs living in the U.S. At an average cost of $25,000 a year, regardless of how many children a family has, au pairs can be more affordable than most full-time nannies or day care, according to Alexis Christoforous, ABC News, 26 Jan. 2024 Jury hears from Jennifer Farber Dulos’ nanny during Michelle Troconis trial The trial for Michelle Troconis continued Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court with jurors hearing testimony from the nanny for the Dulos children and a retired state police sergeant. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 In New York City, the press has documented the rise of private kitchen staff, rotating teams of nannies, and in-home laundresses who will devote half an hour to ironing a single shirt. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


probably of baby-talk origin

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nanny was in 1785

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“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


nan·​ny ˈnan-ē How to pronounce nanny (audio)
: a woman who is paid to care for a young child usually in the child's home

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