- 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
Examples from the Web for creche
A special nursery, the "Creche," was built for their children.America's Munitions 1917-1918
How am I supposed to protect the Creche from the likes of Erikson?
Third, the artificial persons that streamed from the Creche were blasphemy.
There are almost a thousand androids in the Creche as of this morning.
"But the Creche is here, and I am here to guard it as my forefathers did," Merrick said.
- mainly British
- a day nursery for very young children
- a supervised play area provided for young children for short periods
- a tableau of Christ's Nativity
- a foundling home or hospital
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).