ayah

ayah

[ah-yuh]
noun
(in India) a native maid or nurse.

Origin:
1775–85; < Hindi āyā < Portuguese aia maidservant < Latin avia grandmother, equivalent to av(us) grandfather + -ia feminine suffix

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ayah (ˈaɪə)
 
n
Compare amah (in the East, Africa, and other parts of the former British Empire) a maidservant, nursemaid, or governess, esp one of Indian or Malay origin
 
[C18: from Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother]

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ayah
"native nurse, children's governess," Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Port. aia, cognate with Sp. aya, It. aja, etc., "nurse," from L. avia "grandmother," fem. of avus "grandfather" (see uncle).
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