Definitions for crèchekrɛʃ, kreɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

crèchekrɛʃ, kreɪʃ(n.)

  1. a representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph, and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.

  2. a home for foundlings.

  3. Brit.

    Category: British

    Ref: day nursery.

  4. assemblage of dependent young animals that are cared for communally.

    Category: Animal Behavior

Origin of crèche:

1785–95; < F: crib, nursery, OF < Frankish *kripjacrib

Princeton's WordNet

  1. creche, foundling hospital(noun)

    a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for

  2. creche(noun)

    a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem


  1. Crèche

    The Crèche in zoology refers to care of another's offspring, for instance in a colony. This term is generally used in the study of bird colonies. Many penguins form crèches, in addition to many other birds such as the Canada Goose, Common Eider and Common Shelduck. Among the reptiles, Spectacled Caiman also raise their young in crèches, one female taking care of her own as well as several others' offspring. Lions are another notable species to form crèches. Females within a pride will provide mutual protection and will even nurse each other's cubs. However, studies have shown that cubs raised in crèches tend to have lower feeding-rates than if they were raised by one mother. This indicates that in lions, the crèche is a defensive formation.

Translations for crèche

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a nursery for babies whose mothers are at work etc

Some factories have creches for the children of their workers.

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