What does ayah mean?

ayah meaning in General Dictionary

a native nursing assistant for the kids also a ladys housemaid

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  • (in India) a native nursemaid just who takes care of young ones
  • A native nurse for kids; additionally, a girl's housemaid.

ayah meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"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).

ayah meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A native nurse for the kids; also, a female's housemaid.