Definition of cradle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdl//
    Communication devices, Babies
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  1. 1a small bed for a baby which can be pushed gently from side to side She rocked the baby to sleep in its cradle. See related entries: Babies
  2. 2[usually singular] cradle of something the place where something important began Greece, the cradle of Western civilization
  3. 3(British English) a small platform that can be moved up and down the outside of a high building, used by people cleaning windows, etc.
  4. 4the part of a telephone on which the receiver rests See related entries: Communication devices
  5. Word OriginOld English cradol, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German Kratte ‘basket’.Idioms
    from the cradle to the grave
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    a way of referring to the whole of a person’s life, from birth until death
    (North American English, informal) to have a sexual relationship with a much younger person
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cradle