noun Etymology: Portuguese ama wet nurse, from Medieval Latin amma Date: 1839 a female servant in eastern Asia; especially a Chinese nurse

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  • amah — n. 1. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else. Syn: wet nurse [WordNet 1.5] 2. a female domestic. Syn: maid, maidservant, housemaid [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amah — (n.) wet nurse, 1839, Anglo Indian, from Port. ama nurse, from M.L. amma mother, from PIE root *am , forming nursery words …   Etymology dictionary

  • amah — [ä′mə] n. [Anglo Ind < Port ama] in India, etc., a woman servant, esp. one who serves as a baby s nurse …   English World dictionary

  • Amah — An amah (zh stp|s=阿嬷|t=阿嬤|p=āmā, Portuguese: ama ,German: Amme , Medieval Latin: amma ; or ayah Hindi:āyā, Portuguese: aia , Latin: avia ) is a girl or woman employed by a family to clean, look after children, etc. It is a domestic servant role… …   Wikipedia

  • amah — UK [ˈɑːmə] / US [ˈɑmə] noun [countable] Word forms amah : singular amah plural amahs a woman who is a servant or whose job is to look after her employer s children in southern and eastern Asia …   English dictionary

  • amah — /ah meuh, am euh/, n. (in India and the Far East) 1. a baby s nurse, esp. a wet nurse. 2. a female servant; maid. [1830 40; < Pg ama nurse, governess < ML amma wet nurse, perh. alter. of L mamma breast] * * * …   Universalium

  • amah — noun a) (In India etc) A woman employed to look after children b) (in China etc) A wet nurse; a maid …   Wiktionary

  • amah — Synonyms and related words: abigail, au pair girl, ayah, betweenmaid, biddy, chambermaid, chaperon, companion, cook, dry nurse, duenna, femme de chambre, fille de chambre, gentlewoman, girl, handmaid, handmaiden, hired girl, housemaid,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • amah — Hong Kong English a term used in early 20th century for a live in servant (from Macanese/Portuguese ama nurse) …   English dialects glossary

  • amah — n. maid; wet nurse, woman who suckles a child (title used in India and the Orient) …   English contemporary dictionary

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