The Nurse is a major character in William Shakespeare's classic drama Romeo and Juliet. It is revealed later in the play by Lord Capulet that the Nurse's real name might be Angelica . She is the personal servant, guardian of Juliet Capulet, and has been since Juliet was born. She had a daughter named Susan who died in infancy, and then became wetnurse to Juliet. As the primary person to like, she is therefore Juliet's foremost confidante. She is one of the few people, along with Friar Laurence, to be made aware of the blossoming romance between Romeo and Juliet. Her personal history outside of the Capulet estate is unknown, other than ...

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  1. A wet-nurse.
  2. A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people’s young.
    They hired a nurse to care for their young boy
  3. A person trained to provide care for the sick.
    The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward
  4. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  5. A lieutenant or first officer who takes command when the captain is unfit for his place.
  6. A larva of certain trematodes, which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction.
  7. A nurse shark.


  1. to breast feed
    She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy.
  2. to care for the sick
    She nursed him back to health.
  3. to treat kindly and with extra care
    She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.
  4. to drink slowly
  5. to foster, to nourish
  6. to strike (billiard balls) gently, so as to keep them in good position during a series of shots

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