A creche is a representation of the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth. It's the nativity scene that is displayed at Christmas, with the manger, Mary, Joseph, and the three wise men.

Although a creche is the same thing as a nativity scene, if you want to get nit-picky, the creche refers specifically to the baby Jesus in the manger. Crèche is a French word that also refers to a nursery or daycare center. Say creche to a British person and she’ll assume you’re talking about a daycare, 'cause that's what they call it across the pond.

Definitions of creche
  1. noun
    a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem
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    type of:
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
    synonyms: foundling hospital
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    type of:
    hospital, infirmary
    a health facility where patients receive treatment
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