noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu āyā, from Portuguese aia, from Latin avia grandmother Date: 1779 a nurse or maid native to India

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  • Ayah — ( ar. آية ArabDIN|ʾāyatun , plural Ayat ar. آيات ArabDIN|ʾāyātun ) is the Arabic word for sign or miracle, cognate with Hebrew ot , means sign. The word usually refers to each one of the 6236 verses [http://www.askimam.org/fatwa/fatwaList.php?fid …   Wikipedia

  • Ayah — A yah, n. [Pg. aia, akin to Sp. aya a governess, ayo a tutor.] A native nurse for children; also, a lady s maid. [India] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ayah — (n.) 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 (Cf. uncle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ayah — [ä′yə] n. [Anglo Ind < Hindi āya < Port aia, governess] a native nursemaid or lady s maid in India …   English World dictionary

  • ayah — UK [ˈaɪjə] / US noun [countable] Word forms ayah : singular ayah plural ayahs Indian English in South Asia, a female servant whose work includes caring for children …   English dictionary

  • ayah — noun /aɪə/ A native female servant or maid, especially working for Europeans in South Asia. She manufactured the Station scandal, and talked to her ayah …   Wiktionary

  • ayah — /ˈaɪə/ (say uyuh) noun Originally Indian English 1. a nursemaid. 2. Asian English a female cleaner or domestic worker: a hospital ayah. {Hindi āyā, from Portuguese aia nursemaid} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ayah — /ah yeuh/, n. (in India) a native maid or nurse. [1775 85; < Hindi aya < Pg aia maidservant < L avia grandmother, equiv. to av(us) grandfather + ia fem. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • ayah — a·yah || aɪə n. native nurse or maid in India …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ayah —    (AH yah) [Hindi] A female servant who takes care of children; an amah …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

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