Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person engaged to care for one or more children in the temporary absence of parents or guardians.
  • n. A person who cares for or watches over someone or something that needs attention or guidance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who cares for one or more babies or children for a short period of time in place of their legal guardians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
  • n. a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home

Etymologies

From baby +‎ sitter. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But, Kyra, what's interesting about this case is this will remind many people in Detroit, Michigan, of what they call the babysitter case.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • I'm not proud of that, but when I realize I'm actually a little early heading home and that the babysitter is still there for another half hour, I have pulled over to a parking space to get some reading done.

    Think You Know How To Study? Think Again

  • The babysitter is booked, and Shawn has decided that what she really wants is a place that will serve plentiful Margaritas and fried icecream.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Park around here means you might get shot … tv as babysitter is always wrong, tv as family time activity after chores and homework is fine – but Bones, NCIS – that is not appropriate for all ages – and to the 14 yr old – really not for you

    Kids watch too much TV: This just in? | EW.com

  • That babysitter is getting out of the hospital soon and going into rehabilitation.

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  • April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.

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  • But a couple of days before the Today show aired I called our babysitter and finally told her the news.

    Misconception

  • Then I called my babysitter and asked her to come over right away, then I dialed my parents and told them they needed to come relieve our babysitter and pick up the girls.

    Misconception

  • I called the babysitter and arranged for her to pick up Shane at school.

    HIGH ON ARRIVAL

  • I was an only child until I was 12 and then the built in babysitter for my brother.

    Heart, Dropped. | Her Bad Mother

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