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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During performance season, her husband stays at home with the kids on weekends, and a nanny watches them on weekdays. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "How This Rockette and Mother of Four Gets It Done," 20 Dec. 2018 The duchesses did arrive in separate cars, but that only makes sense: Kate and William are now a family of five, so there's not a lot of room left for Harry or Meghan to squeeze in, plus royal nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo accompanied them . Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Fab Four Have Arrived for the Queen's Christmas Lunch, Gifts In Tow," 19 Dec. 2018 By the end of the second World War, nannies had all but disappeared. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Surprising Real-Life Inspiration for Mary Poppins," 16 Nov. 2018 In the sequel to the beloved original, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks’s London home 30 years after her original tenure as nanny to Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) to help the family after Michael’s wife has died. Vogue, "Soothe Yourself With a Spoonful of Sugar in the Mary Poppins Returns Trailer," 17 Sep. 2018 Marlo’s wealthy brother Craig (Mark Duplass) gifts her a night nanny, so Marlo can get some needed sleep. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Charlize Theron's poignant 'Tully' is a messy every-mom story — until it isn't," 3 May 2018 But Harry, who's sixth in line, has more freedom. Frogmore Cottage is more private, secluded, and has more space for their future kids, visitors like Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, nannies, and protection officers, according to English. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Real Reason Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Leaving Kensington Palace," 26 Nov. 2018 Parents who don’t have nannies, cooks, and personal trainers. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Motherhood Is Having a Moment—but I'm Not Loving It as Much as You'd Think," 24 July 2018 Everyone better give their housekeepers, nannies, and landscapers a ride home tonight. Christina Schoellkopf,, "Hashtag Highlights: Comic-Con swap, Jay-Z becomes a meme," 6 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 \
plural nannies

Kids Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse

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