crèche (plural crèches)
- A representation of the Nativity scene.
- A hospital for orphaned infants; a foundling hospital.
- A day nursery.
- (marine biology) A group of young who stay together for protection.
From Middle French, from Old French cresche (“manger, feeding trough”), from Late Latin cripia (“feeding trough”), from Frankish *krippija, *kribbija (“crib”), from Proto-Germanic *kribjǭ (“crib”), from Proto-Indo-European *g(')rībh- (“basket, net”). Cognate with Old High German krippa, kripja (German Krippe, “crib”), Old English cribb, crybb (“crib”), Old Saxon kribbia (Dutch - krib, kribb, “crib, manger”), Danish krybbe, Swedish krubba, Irish grib. More at crib.
crèche f (plural crèches)