- 1a small bed for a baby that can be pushed gently from side to side She rocked the baby to sleep in his cradle.
- 2[usually singular] cradle of something the place where something important began Greece, the cradle of Western civilization
- 3the part of a telephone on which the receiver rests Idioms
a way of referring to the whole of a person's life, from birth until death
from the cradle to the gravejump to other results
to have a sexual relationship with a much younger person
rob the cradle(informal)jump to other results