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a·yah(ä′yə, ā′ə, ī′ə)
A housemaid or children's nurse in South Asia.
[Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, nursemaid, from Latin avia, grandmother; see awo- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Professions) (in the East, Africa, and other parts of the former British Empire) a maidservant, nursemaid, or governess, esp one of Indian or Malay origin. Compare amah
[C18: from Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother]
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(in India) an Indian nursemaid or lady's maid.
[1775–85; < Hindi āyā < Portuguese aia maidservant < Latin avia grandmother]
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|Noun||1.||ayah - (in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children|
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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