The definition of a cradle is a small, low bed for a baby, or the earliest period of life.(noun)
Cradle is defined as to put in a low bed for an infant or to hold in a protective manner.(verb)
An example of to cradle is for a person to carry a kitten close in her arms.
See cradle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME cradel < OE cradol < *kradula, little basket; akin to OHG kratto, basket < IE base *ger-, to twist, turn > crank, cramp, creek
See cradle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English cradel
Origin: , from Old English.
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