[kresh, kreysh; French kresh]
noun, plural crèches [kresh-iz, krey-shiz; French kresh] .
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.

1785–95; < French, Old French < Frankish *kripja crib Unabridged
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crèche (krɛʃ, kreɪʃ, French krɛʃ)
1.  chiefly (Brit)
 a.  a day nursery for very young children
 b.  a supervised play area provided for young children for short periods
2.  a tableau of Christ's Nativity
3.  a foundling home or hospital
[C19: from Old French: manger, crib, ultimately of Germanic origin; compare Old High German kripja crib]

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Word Origin & History

"Christmas manger scene," 1792, from Fr. crèche, from O.Fr. cresche, ult. from O.H.G. kripja, from the root of crib. Also "a public nursery for infants where they are cared for while their mothers are at work" (1854).
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Example sentences
The first displays to appear on the lawn included a menorah and a creche.
The creche is one of the traditional symbols of a national holiday.
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