Definition of crèche in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɛʃ/
Pronunciation: /kreɪʃ/


1British A nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day.
Example sentences
  • Most use childminders in the home and only 10% send their children for care in crèches and nurseries.
  • The city has more crèches, nurseries and nannies than anywhere else in Britain, according to research based on entries in the British Telecom directory.
  • They have swimming pools, cafés with comfy sofas, beauty salons, bars and crèches that look after your children.
2North American A representation of the nativity scene.
Example sentences
  • One school in Pennsylvania, through its Multicultural Committee, set up a three-part display, with a crèche, a menorah, and a Kwanzaa scene.


Late 18th century (in crèche (sense 2)): French (see also cratch).

Words that rhyme with crèche

flèche, kesh

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