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 Looking for child care for her 5-month-old son, Kerri-Ann Jennings of Winooski, Vermont, planned a nanny-share arrangement with a nearby family. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "What is child care like in America right now?," 1 July 2020 She’s every parent’s dream nanny: a hard-working young woman putting herself through an expensive private college. Washington Post, "In ‘Friends and Strangers,’ a new mom insists the babysitter is her buddy. She’s not.," 30 June 2020 Sullivan created their stories out of her own experiences and her memories of her former nanny gig., "J. Courtney Sullivan's newest novel 'Friends and Strangers' is the latest of her self-fulfilling prophecies," 29 June 2020 Leydis Munoz, another New York City nanny, is also afraid. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Domestic workers face low pay, no health coverage and COVID-19," 22 June 2020 The caregiver pack allows the addition of a nanny or caregiver to a family pass. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park opens for the summer with restrictions and reserved swimming sessions," 4 June 2020 One day, Onisa intervened when another nanny was striking Izidor with a broomstick. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 On March 22 in Greater Mexico City, ten years ago, 4-year-old Paulette Gebara Farah was found to be missing when the little girl’s nanny went to go wake her up and found an empty bed. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Netflix’s The Search Tells Of One Of Mexico’s Most Devastating True Crime Stories," 16 June 2020 Unique to the Competition version is a new Track mode, which disables not only all nanny-like driving assistance systems, but also the hi-fi system and the central information display. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW M5 and M5 Competition Get Updated Tech, Will Reach 190 MPH," 16 June 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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