nan·ny | \ ˈna-nē \
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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Since then, art fans, bloggers and amateur genealogists alike have delved into the implausible back story of the reclusive, pack-rat nanny. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Some of the tipsters claimed to have evidence about the child or the nanny who Casey Anthony said kidnapped her. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Caylee Anthony disappeared 10 years ago — and the Casey Anthony saga began," 20 June 2018 The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani Myriam hires Louise to look after her children, only to come home one day and discover the nanny has killed them. Time Staff, Time, "Best Novels of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018 Prosecutors said the couple starved the nanny, beat her with an electrical cable, and tortured her by dunking her head under water. Jill Lawless,, "London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body," 24 May 2018 The former New York City nanny convicted of murder for fatally stabbing two children in her care was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Nanny Convicted of Murdering Two in Her Care Gets Life Sentence," 14 May 2018 The self-care and support the night nanny afforded also alleviated Enright’s symptoms of postpartum depression after her first born., "New Moms & Night Nurses: Why Is No One Talking About The Privilege Seen In Tully?," 9 May 2018 This time however, Emily Blunt, not Julie Andrews, will be playing the magical nanny. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Mary Poppins Returns"," 6 Mar. 2018 Domestic workers are the nannies who care for children, the house cleaners who manage the chaos of a busy household, and the caregivers who support those who are elderly and living with disabilities. Elizabeth Drew, New Republic, "Capital Offenses," 8 Feb. 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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The first known use of nanny was in 1785

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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 \
plural nannies

Kids Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse

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