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[kresh, kreysh; French kresh] /krɛʃ, kreɪʃ; French krɛʃ/
noun, plural crèches
[kresh-iz, krey-shiz; French kresh] /ˈkrɛʃ ɪz, ˈkreɪ ʃɪz; French krɛʃ/ (Show IPA)
a small or large modeled representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph, and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas season.
a home for foundlings.
British. a day-care center; day nursery.
Animal Behavior. an assemblage of dependent young that are cared for communally.
Origin of crèche
1785-95; < French, Old French < Frankish *kripja crib Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for creche
Historical Examples
  • A special nursery, the "creche," was built for their children.

  • How am I supposed to protect the creche from the likes of Erikson?

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • There are almost a thousand androids in the creche as of this morning.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • Third, the artificial persons that streamed from the creche were blasphemy.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • "But the creche is here, and I am here to guard it as my forefathers did," Merrick said.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • In the lowest vaults of the creche, Merrick showed the Prophet the infants.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • Every human being within the creche died so, but there was still life.

    Turning Point Alfred Coppel
  • What they really need is a combination palace, houseboat, sanatorium, and creche.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • Occasionally, a door opened almost soundlessly, and a white-clad figure would check the graph tapes on the creche's meters.

    Operation Haystack Frank Patrick Herbert
  • So soon as they had left the creche he began to speak of the horror the babies in their incubating cases had caused him.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for creche


/krɛʃ; kreɪʃ; French krɛʃ/
(mainly Brit)
  1. a day nursery for very young children
  2. a supervised play area provided for young children for short periods
a tableau of Christ's Nativity
a foundling home or hospital
Word Origin
C19: from Old French: manger, crib, ultimately of Germanic origin; compare Old High German kripja crib
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Word Origin and History for creche

"Christmas manger scene," 1792, from French crèche, from Old French cresche (13c.) "crib, manger, stall," ultimately from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German kripja, Old English cribb (see crib). Also "a public nursery for infants where they are cared for while their mothers are at work" (1854).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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