a native nursing assistant for the kids also a ladys housemaid
- (in India) a native nursemaid just who takes care of young ones
- A native nurse for kids; additionally, a girl's housemaid.
"native nurse, youngsters' 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).
(letter.) A native nurse for the kids; also, a female's housemaid.