nes·tle | \ˈne-səl \
nestled; nestling\ˈne-s(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of nestle 

intransitive verb

1 archaic : nest sense 1

2 : to settle snugly or comfortably

3 : to lie in an inconspicuous or sheltered manner

transitive verb

1 : to settle, shelter, or house in or as if in a nest the children were nestled all snug in their beds— Clement Moore

2 : to press closely and affectionately nestles a kitten in her arms

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Other Words from nestle

nestler \ˈne-s(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of nestle in a Sentence

He nestled his head against his mother's shoulder. She carefully nestled the hamster into its cage. The fly ball nestled into the outfielder's glove.
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Armenia’s medieval monastery at Noravank, nestled amid the craggy slopes of the country’s mountainous terrain, is a striking exemplar of Armenian architectural tradition. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia," 28 June 2018 Then head inland for the island’s spiritual hub, Ubud: The Four Seasons there is one of the most indulgent overnighting spots nestled amid the treetops. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 In the 7,000-strong unincorporated community of East Porterville, nestled against California's Sierra Nevada mountains, homeowners' wells were failing amid a historic drought. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 2018 The visual presentation warranted extra points — those scallops, gently coated by a light, bacon-y soubise sauce, were nestled against a pale green risotto of spring peas, snow peas and pea shoots. Tim Smith,, "Food Market still draws crowds, delivers imaginative fare in Hampden," 31 May 2018 Sleepily nestled amid numerous green parks and Edwardian buildings, Bloomsbury is known as an arts, education and medicine center and is home to the University of London, the British Museum and oodles of quaint bookstores. Brian Melton, star-telegram, "As London gears up for royal wedding, a look at three villages that helped define it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Another Korean video artist, Hyun-Ki Park, is on view at Gallery Hyundai (519, F14), with an installation of televisions nestled amid boulders and photographs of Mr. Park hefting a television. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show," 8 Mar. 2018 Dramatic on their bed of crushed ice and nestled amid bay leaves and pea tendrils, the six different pickles are arranged with lavish care. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Unpretentious and exceptional, East Sacramento’s Canon is an ‘instant classic’ | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Jan. 2018 For the nations of Latvia and Estonia, nestled between Russia and the Baltic Sea and with large ethnic Russian populations, NATO is no abstraction. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of nestle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nestle

Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest

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English Language Learners Definition of nestle

: to lie comfortably close to or against someone or something

: to place (something) close to, next to, or within something

: to land or settle softly into something


nes·tle | \ˈne-səl \
nestled; nestling\ˈnes-liŋ, -ə-liŋ \

Kids Definition of nestle

1 : to lie close and snug : cuddle

2 : to be located snugly or in a place not easily noticed The village nestles in a valley.

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