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ayah

[ah-yuh] /ˈɑ yə/
noun
1.
(in India) a native maid or nurse.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Hindi āyā < Portuguese aia maidservant < Latin avia grandmother, equivalent to av(us) grandfather + -ia feminine suffix
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ayah

/ˈaɪə/
noun
1.
(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
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother
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Word Origin and History for ayah
n.

"native nurse, children's governess," Anglo-Indian, 1782, from Portuguese aia, cognate with Spanish aya, Italian aja, etc., "nurse," from Latin avia "grandmother," fem. of avus "grandfather" (see uncle).

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