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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Philadelphia’s 16,000 nannies, caretakers, and house cleaners could be next. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights," 21 June 2019 Following a divorce from his wife Miranda (Sally Fields), Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) upends his whole life to take on the persona of Mrs. Doubfire, a British nanny, as a last-ditch effort to spend more time with his three children. Maia Efrem,, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 Incoming was a new text from her nanny, Rihanna, about what her kids had eaten for lunch. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 While the couple employed a nanny and cleaning women, Farber Dulos remained hands on, according to her online blogs. Josh Kovner,, "Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 23 June 2019 One of the biggest problems nannies and caretakers deal with is the informal setup of their work. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights," 21 June 2019 Commercial-grade systems—which can cost as much as $30,000 to install—have the capability to track, log and regulate the visits of anyone whose fingerprints give them access to the home, such as a housekeeper or nanny. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Home Is Where They Know Your Name (and Face, Hands and Fingerprints)," 20 June 2019 Earlier this week it was revealed to that Meghan and Harry have hired a nanny for baby Archie. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Celebrate Father's Day With a New Photo of Baby Archie," 16 June 2019 The 2018 sequel helped renew interest in not only the original Walt Disney movie but also the Broadway musical about a nanny named Mary Poppins who cares for the Banks family. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Young People's Theatre Company presents 'Mary Poppins Jr.'," 13 June 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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