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noun
a nurse who takes care of but does not breast-feed another's infant.Compare wet nurse.
Informal. a person who tutors and guides an inexperienced person at work.
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Origin of dry nurse

First recorded in 1590–1600

Other definitions for dry nurse (2 of 2)

dry-nurse
[ drahy-nurs ]
/ ˈdraɪˌnɜrs /

verb (used with object), dry-nursed, dry-nurs·ing.
to act as a dry nurse to.

Origin of dry-nurse

First recorded in 1575–85
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British Dictionary definitions for dry nurse

dry nurse

noun
a nurse who cares for a child without suckling itCompare wet nurse
verb dry-nurse
to care for (a baby or young child) without suckling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for dry nurse

dry nurse

n.
A nurse employed to care for but not breast-feed an infant.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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