crèche

[ kresh, kreysh; French kresh ]
/ krɛʃ, kreɪʃ; French krɛʃ /

noun, plural crèch·es [kresh-iz, krey-shiz; French kresh] /ˈkrɛʃ ɪz, ˈkreɪ ʃɪz; French krɛʃ/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. crystallographic axis,
  2. crystallography,
  3. crystalloid,
  4. crystallose,
  5. crystalluria,
  6. crème,
  7. crème anglaise,
  8. crème brûlée,
  9. crème caramel,
  10. crème d'ananas

Origin of crèche

1785–95; < French, Old French < Frankish *kripja crib

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British Dictionary definitions for creche

crèche

/ (krɛʃ, kreɪʃ, French krɛʃ) /

noun

mainly British
  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 for crèche

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

creche

n.

"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).

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