nan·​ny ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio)
variants or less commonly nannie
plural nannies
: a child's nurse or caregiver

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 Kennedy family nanny, Maud Shaw, was the person who told Caroline about her father’s death. Stephanie Kaloi, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 If one of my parents needed to step out for a moment, there was no need to quickly find a nanny or go through the hassle of strapping a toddler into a car seat, because if my aunt couldn't babysit there were two teenagers floating around with no real responsibilities. Tanikia Carpenter, Parents, 19 Nov. 2023 Babysitting and nanny services can also be arranged. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023 Child care costs refer to the out-of-pocket expenses parents pay for their child to attend daycare or to hire a babysitter or nanny. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023 Their directive: two nannies on the corner of the street. WIRED, 1 Nov. 2023 In this nostalgic and reflective multigenerational story, Pérez proudly recalls a joyful family life built around sumptuous Sunday barbecues, exclusive country clubs, bilingual private schools, nannies, and chauffeurs. Lisandro Pérez, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Its popular nanny contract and employment guidelines are, in Fox’s view, a moral imperative. Curbed, 18 Oct. 2023 After the 3-year-old had a fall as a result of some quick-footed dance moves, Minaj was frustrated that the nanny wasn't there to catch him. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably of baby-talk origin

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nanny was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


nan·​ny ˈnan-ē How to pronounce nanny (audio)
: a woman who is paid to care for a young child usually in the child's home

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