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nanny  /nni/  n. -nies a person hired to take care of a child: She works as a nanny for a wealthy family.

Usage Note: Compare nanny, babysitter, au pair. A nanny is a professional child care provider who gives full-time child care and often lives with the family. A babysitter provides part-time child care and does not live with the family. Teenagers often work as babysitters for families in their neighborhood. An au pair comes from another country to live with an American family and learn English. The au pair takes care of the children in exchange for a room, meals, and a little money. nanny

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