[kresh-iz, krey-shiz; French kresh] /ˈkrɛʃ ɪz, ˈkreɪ ʃɪz; French krɛʃ/ (Show IPA)
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.
"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).