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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Khloé Kardashian had a few choice words for an Internet troll who decided to mom-shame her for using a nanny. Christopher Rosa, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Hit Back at a Critic Who Mom-Shamed Her for Having a Nanny," 4 May 2019 Khloé Kardashian had a few choice words for an Internet troll who decided to mommy-shame her for using a nanny. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Hit Back at a Critic Who Mommy-Shamed Her for Having a Nanny," 3 May 2019 Apparently Norland nannies were the preferred choice of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Reportedly Looking for a (Potentially Male) American Nanny," 17 Apr. 2019 Once, for example, Helen's nanny had to go to a doctor's appointment, so Erin decorated that day with her baby on her hip. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "'Home Town' Stars Erin and Ben Napier Reveal Why They Rarely Show Their Baby on TV," 28 Jan. 2019 Grace is The Umbrella Academy's robot mother who was built after Vanya attacked all of their previous nannies with her powers. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 George is no stranger in the tongue-wagging department: He was spotted at the window during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2015, mouth agape, tongue out, hands raised and laughing uproariously as his nanny grinned. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte goof off at palace window, stick out tongues," 10 July 2018 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

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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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