nurse·​maid ˈnərs-ˌmād How to pronounce nursemaid (audio)
: a girl or woman who is regularly employed to look after children

Examples of nursemaid in a Sentence

sent the children to their nursemaid
Recent Examples on the Web For a time, the girl’s only duty in the grand English house was to serve as a kind of human foot warmer, but when her mistress gave birth to a profoundly mentally disabled daughter, Zed became the baby’s devoted nursemaid. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 Here the often wonderfully eccentric minor characters — chauffeurs, nursemaids, household servants — vie for center stage with the equally eccentric bourgeois clans that employ them. Alida Becker, New York Times, 28 July 2023 Her nursemaid nicknamed her Lady Bird. CBS News, 14 Mar. 2021 Brow furrowed, décolletage emblazoned with a full-chest tattoo, Marija is no one’s idea of a classic nursemaid. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 That man, the vile King Kans, sends a demon disguised as a lovely nursemaid to kill Krishna in his foster-family’s home. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2022 Rhys received equally brutal treatment from the other female figure of authority in her formative years, her nursemaid, Meta, who violently shook her young charge when angry and terrified her with stories about blood-sucking zombies. Malcolm Forbes, WSJ, 17 June 2022 According to Encyclopedia Britannica, she was forced to work from a young age, alternatively acting as a nursemaid, a field hand, a cook and a woodcutter. Isis Davis-Marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Smith and her husband deducted the cost of their nursemaid from their federal income taxes in 1937. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nursemaid was in 1657

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“Nursemaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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nurse·​maid ˈnər-ˌsmād How to pronounce nursemaid (audio)
: a girl or woman employed to look after children

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