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 The exception may be their teacher, nanny or camp counselor, but these people will know to ask permission first. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Johnson, who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, was unemployed for two months and later found a nanny position with another family. Jessica Menton, USA Today, 4 June 2021 Kimes, meanwhile, was tasked with working as a nanny, housekeeper, and personal assistant for Hillsong New York's co-founder, 42-year-old Lentz, and his wife, Laura. Lydia Wang,, 1 June 2021 In recent episode, Kardashian West argued with Kourtney Kardashian, accusing her sister of yelling at the former's nanny. NBC News, 25 May 2021 But after the incident with the night nurse, Harry and Meghan went on to hire a nanny for Archie during the first months of his life. The Editors, Marie Claire, 25 May 2021 And secondly, did Mrs. French move to D.C. to become Agnes' full-time nanny? Jodi Walker,, 22 May 2021 On June 28, 2007, a Thursday, Paige Birgfeld disappeared, leaving her kids with her live-in nanny. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 21 May 2021 In the 1830s, curious Americans paid 25 cents apiece to see Joice Heth, an elderly Black woman reputed to have been George Washington’s nanny., 20 May 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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